Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he had a part to play in Roberto Firmino’s summer move to Anfield
Roberto Firmino was one of the most highly sought after players in Europe during the summer and perhaps a bit surprisingly, it was Liverpool who managed to secure the services of the Brazilian international for a sizeable fee of around £29million.
While Liverpool are most certainly a big club, a host of Champions League playing sides such as Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal were said to have been interested in Firmino and the Brazilian international making a move to Anfield was a bit of a surprise.
Now to make sense of it all, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has gone on to make an interesting revelation.
Coutinho played a major role in Firmino’s move to Liverpool
Coutinho has stated that he tried to convince his compatriot Firmino to join Liverpool while on international duty with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America in the summer and added that he is happy that the 24-year old has ended up at Anfield.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Coutinho said, “I don’t know if I had any influence on his arrival, but I gave him loads of incentive when I knew there was a possibility [of Firmino joining].
“I was in the national team with him and I told him: ‘You have to join’. The truth is, he’s a great player and I’m happy he is here. I am happy to be playing alongside these good players.
“As I always say being part of the national team in Brazil is a privilege and it is so hard to stay in the team because there are loads of players that are in Europe.”