It was in the January transfer window of 2013 that Liverpool managed to bring on board Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan by paying £8.5 million. Since then, he went onto become one of the most important players for the Reds, scoring close to 50 goals in 152 Premier League appearances.
Half a decade later, in the same January transfer window, the Brazilian midfielder, now established as a more than dangerous force in attack has moved to Barcelona and become the third most expensive player in the history of the game. Barcelona paid 160 million euros to Liverpool to acquire his services.
Once the much spoken about deal was agreed upon, FC Barcelona sent a luxury car to the airport to bring him to the Nou Camp. Along with that the club also sent, Coutinho’s former teammate at Liverpool Luis Suarez to receive him at the El Prat Airport.
Luis Suárez at Barcelona airport waiting for the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. (Source: Directo Gol) pic.twitter.com/cBfsBd4UoV— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 6, 2018
Coutinho had stayed in Liverpool on Saturday while his teammates jetted off to Dubai for warm-weather training, fuelling speculation that he was set to leave the Premier League club.
He was then photographed giving a thumbs-up as he left London for Spain accompanied by his wife Aine.
Coutinho is expected to watch his new team host Levante on Sunday afternoon at Camp Nou. A video posted on the club website showed a locker bearing his name had already been reserved for their new recruit.
Suarez played along with Coutinho, before he signed up for the Catalan giants in 2014. This move will see the two South American attackers reunited once again.
Coutinho's age is highly attractive to Barca, whose three main stars, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta are all in their thirties. Iniesta, at 33, has shown signs of fatigue this season.