Gerrard ‘still digesting’ Liverpool’s loss of Coutinho

Steven Gerrard spent two-and-a-half years taking the pitch alongside Philippe Coutinho, during which time the Reds missed out on a Premier League title by just two points. The former midfielder described the Brazilian star as the club’s “main man” in his book, “My Story,” which was published in 2012 and predicted the product of Vasco de Gama’s transfer to Barcelona.

Gerrard passed the torch to Coutinho at Anfield, and, on Monday, rued the exit while repeating his explanation of South American footballers and their dream of pulling on Barcelona’s shirt.

“I’m still digesting it as a Liverpool fan,” Gerrard told BT Sport, as transcribed by ESPN. “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. …read more