Gerrard reacts to Coutinho's exit to Barcelona - FCNaija

EPL By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 09/01/2018

Steven Gerrard has reacted to Philippe Coutinho’s exit from Liverpool to Barcelona, the former Reds skipper admits he is not surprised by the midfielder’s departure from Anfield.

Coutinho completed his move to Barcelona in La Liga record fee of £145million during the weekend.

The Brazilian forward has been pushing for an exit since the last transfer period, he handed in a transfer request but Liverpool turned down his request and manage to hold him for six months.

Gerrard spoke to BT Sport about Coutinho’s move to Barcelona and said it was difficult to stop Coutinho leaving when his heart was set on moving to the Camp Nou.

The Liverpool legend said: 'Yeah. I'm still digesting it.

'I'm not surprised by it. I know Liverpool have done everything they can to keep him and they fought very hard to keep him until the summer.

'But when a kid's got a dream, a South American, that he wants to play for Barcelona and he thinks this is the only opportunity he's going to get, then it's very difficult to stop it.

'There's no doubt about it, Liverpool will miss him. He's a wonderful footballer, a great person and to be fair to him he hasn't downed tools at all. I respect his decision and wish him all the best.

'But Liverpool will go on. They've got big money for him and I'm sure they'll replace him with the right people.'

Gerrard knows how important Coutinho is to Liverpool, the pair played together for two and half season before the skipper left for MLS to join Los Angeles Galaxy.