Philippe Coutinho has used Instagram to put up a farewell message to Liverpool and their supporters after his transfer to Barcelona was accomplished.
Coutinho signed for Barcelona on Monday in a £142 million deal that makes him the second-most costly footballer ever.
Shortly after signing a five-and-a-half-year contract and passing a medical at Barcelona, Coutinho posted on social media to thank Liverpool for the 5 years he spent on Merseyside.
“For the reason that second I arrived in Liverpool, me and my household have been made to really feel so welcome and have made so many mates,” he wrote.
“On the pitch and off the pitch, we’ve skilled the fantastic thing about this membership and its followers. In flip, I hope I’ve delivered recollections and moments which have introduced happiness to the Liverpool supporters.
“Transferring to Liverpool, I knew the membership’s greatness and historical past however what I did study throughout my time was the distinctive coronary heart and soul of the place. It has its personal persona and character.
“I go away Liverpool as a result of Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I used to be lucky sufficient to grasp and I’ve given 5 years of my life to it.
“A profession on the pitch solely lasts for thus lengthy and to play for Barcelona in addition to Liverpool is one thing I need to expertise and luxuriate in whereas I’m blessed sufficient to have the ability to achieve this.”
Coutinho hoped Liverpool followers would be capable to settle for his want to realize a long-held ambition of enjoying for Barcelona.
He continued: “I hope the supporters perceive that selecting to expertise one thing new shouldn’t be about diminishing their significance to me or the membership’s significance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my coronary heart.
“I want Jurgen [Klopp] and the crew nothing however pleasure and success for the remainder of this season and past. That is an incredible crew and they’re getting higher and higher on a regular basis.
“There are too many individuals I need to thank, however I can not identify everybody individually. To all of the superb membership workers who’ve been a part of my life in Liverpool — I’ll miss you.
“To the house owners, whom have tried so arduous to deliver success, and to the soccer recruitment workers for exhibiting religion in me to deliver me right here and rewarding me throughout that journey, and to my unimaginable teammates, previous and current, who’ve helped me develop and enhance as a participant and an individual, I want to say thanks to you all. Something I’ve achieved right here wouldn’t have been doable with out you.
“And at last, to an important folks of Liverpool — the Liverpool supporters. I can by no means thanks sufficient for what you’ve got given me throughout this time and regardless of the place I am going on the earth, for the remainder of my life, I’ll all the time cherish Liverpool in my coronary heart. You, the membership and the town will all the time be part of me.
“You will By no means Stroll Alone.”
Coutinho leaves Anfield having scored 54 objectives in 201 appearances following his £eight.5m swap from Inter Milan in January 2013.
In the meantime, a thigh harm means the Brazilian should wait round three weeks to make his Barcelona debut.
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You may comply with him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.