Coutinho’s text message to ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about Barcelona transfer
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers played a very key role in bringing Philippe Coutinho to the Premier League from Inter Milan back in 2013.
Coutinho and Rodgers have maintained a good relationship since the latter was sacked as Liverpool boss.
Speaking via The Express, Rodgers revealed the Brazilian had contacted him on his arrival in Barcelona.
“He sent me a nice text the other day when he was arriving in Barcelona,” Rodgers said.
“He is a great young guy, he was never a moment’s problem for me. He was a magical player to work with.
“It’s brilliant for both as he is a Barcelona player if ever there was one.”
“At the time when I bought him, he wasn’t in the team at Inter Milan and people questioned whether he was big enough and tall enough,” he added.
“But I’d seen him as a young player at 18 at Inter Milan around top players and I always felt he had the technical quality.
“And, of course, he was always going to get better physically.
“We kept in contact ever since we left. Before he came over to Liverpool, he was low in confidence.
“I believed in his ability. It was clear what he was.
“If you see him play now, he played like that when he was an 11-year-old child, if you see videos of him playing Futsal.
“He was exactly the same. But he needed that belief. He came in and developed and improved. He was outstanding for me and a real humble boy.”