October 17, 2018
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Steven Gerrard pens painful farewell to departed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard issues painful farewell to Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho played with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Steven Gerrard said his goodbyes to Philippe Coutinho on Tuesday, but the Liverpool legend is clearly heartbroken the Brazilian has left the club.

Coutinho completed a £146million move to Barcelona this week as he refused Liverpool’s pleas to remain at the club.

Jurgen Klopp and co did all they could to convince Coutinho to reject Barcelona, as detailed by the player himself, but utlimtaley the lure of the Nou Camp was too much for the playmaker to resist.

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It is not the first time Liverpool have lost their stand-out player to Barcelona, with Gerrard previously admitting seeing Luis Suarez join the Catalan giants in 2014 devastated him.

And after Coutinho followed in the footsteps of Suarez, Gerrard seems to be gutted once again.

‘It hurts you have left because you are a special player, up there with the best I shared a pitch with,’ Gerrard wrote on Instagram.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard issues painful farewell to Philippe Coutinho
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‘I want to wish you Philippe Coutinho and your family all the best for the next stage of your career in Barcelona.

‘Thank you for the special moments and memories over the last 5 years.’

Gerrard played alongside Coutinho in midfield, helping the 25-year-old blossom into one of the best midfielders in Europe.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard issues painful farewell to Philippe Coutinho
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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard issues painful farewell to Philippe Coutinho
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Coutinho’s talents fetched the second biggest transfer fee in history and the attacker’s departure ended a long-running saga between the two clubs.

Barcelona failed to force Liverpool to sell last summer, but did not have to wait too long to secure the man mooted to succeed Andres Iniesta.

Coutinho ended a five-year spell at Liverpool and issued his own goodbye to the Reds faithful.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Man City – Sun Jan 14
Swansea (A) – Mon Jan 22
Huddersfield (A) – Tues Jan 30
Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4
Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11
Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)
West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard issues painful farewell to Philippe Coutinho
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He said: ‘To all the amazing club staff who have been part of my life in Liverpool – I will miss you.

‘To the owners, whom have tried so hard to bring success, and to the football recruitment staff for showing faith in me to bring me here and rewarding me during that journey, and to my incredible teammates, past and present, who have helped me grow and improve as a player and a person, I would like to say thank you to you all.

Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool , me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends. On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans. In turn, I hope I have delivered memories and moments that have brought happiness to the Liverpool supporters. Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club’s greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place. It has its own personality and character. I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so. I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart. I wish Jürgen and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. This is an amazing team and they are getting better and better all the time. There are too many people I want to thank, but I cannot name everyone individually. To all the amazing club staff who have been part of my life in Liverpool – I will miss you. To the owners, whom have tried so hard to bring success, and to the football recruitment staff for showing faith in me to bring me here and rewarding me during that journey, and to my incredible teammates, past and present, who have helped me grow and improve as a player and a person, I would like to say thank you to you all. Anything I have achieved here would not have been possible without you. And finally, to the most important people of Liverpool – the Liverpool supporters. I can never thank you enough for what you have given me during this time and no matter where I go in the world, for the rest of my life, I will always cherish Liverpool in my heart. You, the club and the city will always be a part of me. You’ll Never Walk Alone. Philippe.

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‘Anything I have achieved here would not have been possible without you. And finally, to the most important people of Liverpool – the Liverpool supporters.

‘I can never thank you enough for what you have given me during this time and no matter where I go in the world, for the rest of my life, I will always cherish Liverpool in my heart. You, the club and the city will always be a part of me.’

Coutinho’s debut for Barcelona has been put on hold with the club confirming the Brazil international is suffering from a thigh issue.

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