FSG, Klopp told they had hand in ‘worst transfer of all time’ at Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 18th March 2021 7:30 - Jonny Whitfield

Jurgen Klopp, John Henry FSG Liverpool June 2019

Ian Wright has claimed that Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona ranks as the worst transfer of all time.

Coutinho left Anfield in January 2018 after months of speculation to pursue a boyhood dream.

But despite showing flashes of his talent, he largely failed to hit the heights. As such, he left on loan to Bayern Munich last season.

Nevertheless, he won the Champions League with Bayern and scored against his parent club in the 8-2 semi-final rout.

Overall, though, Wright feels that Coutinho’s dream of moving and reaching the top with Barca has not worked out. What’s more, he claimed that the reported £142million fee makes it the worst deal of all time.

The pundit told Wrighty’s House podcast: “One of the maddest things I’ve seen is Coutinho playing for Bayern, winning the Champions League and then going back to Barcelona.”

Podcast co-host Musa Okwonga then posited the claim that Coutinho formed part of the worst deal in history.

Okwonga said: “That has to be the worst transfer of all time, just in terms of the amount spent, the 8-2 capped it off, it’s the worst transfer of all time.”

Wright replied: “Easily, surely. Easily!”

Coutinho’s journey since joining Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho Barcelona

Coutinho originally signed for Liverpool for under £10million from Inter Milan under Brendan Rodgers’ stewardship.

He proved to be one of the best players in Rodgers’ team, but his influence did not wane once Jurgen Klopp took over.

The Brazilian played a key role in getting the Reds back into the Champions League in the 2016/17 season. However, in the summer of 2017, Liverpool released a statement to shut down swirling rumours over the player’s future.

Nevertheless, Coutinho got his dream move in January 2018 and scored seven goals and assisted six others in his first half-season.

This term, though, he suffered a knee injury in January and is only likely to return in April.

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