Liverpool legend advises Coutinho to snub Champions League medal

Date published: Wednesday 11th April 2018 1:48 - Oli Fisher

Philippe Coutinho should reject a Champions League medal if Liverpool reach the final, according to one former Anfield great.

The Reds defeated Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night to take them through to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in Janaury in a deal understood to be worth £146million but he played a vital role in Liverpool’s qualification out of the group stage.

He scored five times in five appearances in the groups, including a hat-trick against Spartak Moscow.

The Brazilian moved to Barca knowing he wouldn’t be able to appear in the Champions League this season with him being ineligible to play.

However, should Liverpool go on and win the competition, Coutinho is within his rights to ask for a medal as he would be eligible for a winners or runners-up medal.

“The winning team is presented with forty gold medals and the runner-up with forty silver medals,” UEFA regulations state.

“Additional medals may not be produced.”

Despite the his eligibility for a medal if the Jurgen Klopp’s side are successful, Liverpool legend Thompson thinks Coutinho should think twice before trying to claim a medal.

“He left Liverpool to go to Barcelona knowing he wasn’t going to play Champions League football,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“I got a medal in 1977 for Liverpool because I played up until the semi-finals.”I don’t count that as a winners medal. I have that in my house in a cabinet but I say wherever I go I’ve only two European Cup winners medals.“I’d like to think if there’s anything about Coutinho, if they do go on to win it, he says ‘no, I don’t deserve that’.“And he wouldn’t be. I don’t care, it’s wrong.”

 

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