Philippe Coutinho has been quoted as saying that there is more of a family environment at Bayern Munich after joining the German champions on loan, more so than Liverpool – and Reds fans have reacted on Twitter.
Coutinho, 27, has joined Bayern on loan from Barcelona after being strongly linked with a return to the Premier League. Liverpool were touted with a return for the Brazil international, while Tottenham were also reportedly keen on Coutinho.
However, he chose to play in a fourth European league – adding the Bundesliga to Serie A with Inter Milan, Liverpool in the Premier League and Barcelona in la Liga. He has so far managed three appearances for Niko Kovac’s side.
Asked whether there is a family feel at Bayern, Coutinho told Sky Germany that: “Definitely. That’s exactly what I thought. Everything here is very familiar. I know that from Liverpool a bit, but here it is even more familiar.”
Coutinho spent four and a half years at Anfield after joining the club from Inter Milan in the summer of 2013. He clocked up 201 appearances, scoring 45 goals and laying on 54 assists before a big-money move to Barcelona.
But a difficult spell of form at Barca saw him become more flexible – especially after Barca completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann. Now, Coutinho will be hoping to add a Bundesliga title to his name.
But Liverpool fans are not impressed with Coutinho’s comments, given that the Brazilian had spent almost five years at Anfield and less than a month at Bayern. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans criticised their former player on Twitter.
Ah diddums were you no loved enough.
— Ronnie Allan (@allan_ronnie) September 17, 2019
Look forward to him saying that about Fenerbache when he’s there in two years.
— Stephen Stitt (@StephenStitt) September 17, 2019
He backstabbed Liverpool and willingly went to an ungrateful and impatient club like Barca, did he honestly expect anything else? Were we supposed to thank him and unroll the red carpet to his plane to Spain after what he did?
He needed us more than we needed him. Good riddance. pic.twitter.com/3Jgx6XRmOn
— Eudis De Freitas (@edflinkinp) September 17, 2019
What’s he been there, a fortnight?! If he did actually say this, he’s becoming a right numpty! #HowToScrewUpYourCareerInOneEasyLesson
— Wadey Red #FBPE (@WadeyRed) September 17, 2019
Let it go, Phil. I think all of LFC and its supporters will be happy to keep LFC out of your mouth
— //Sirhindi (@Sirhindi1) September 18, 2019
He sounds quite proud – which is odd considering he’s been loaned out as his parent club didn’t want him, and his old club wouldn’t take him back. Should be keeping a low profile really to try and maintain some dignity.
— warren (@warrenb1173) September 18, 2019