An hour of punching numbers into the phone soon turns into a morning, then quickly the day. It’s in regards to Philippe Coutinho—the person rather than the player, as we already knew so much about the latter. That he’s the nine-figure man after his £105 million move to Barcelona that could rise to far more via add-on clauses; that his is the third-most expensive transfer in history; that such a sum was deemed worthy as he’s seen as the successor to Andres Iniesta; that the 26-year old is playing a pivotal role in Brazil’s attempts to win a first World Cup since 2002; that his nation are physical and blunt, while he brings a grace and incision as a puppet-master; that despite his reputation coming in, yet more eyes have found themselves on him due to his play. While the questions remain much the same, though, the problem is the answers don’t change a whole lot. One by one those who knew him well from his stint at Liverpool, as much as that was possible, somehow put the action of a baffled shrug into words. And they should know better than most, for it was at Anfield where he spent… Read full this story
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