Philippe Coutinho has said he needed to work significantly harder for Liverpool prior this season after a mid year exchange to Barcelona failed to work out.

Barca fizzled with three offers for Coutinho in August, and he remained a Liverpool player when the mid year window shut.

Coutinho said that was hard to take at the time and left him feeling he needed to build his endeavors for the Premier League side.

“In the mid year, when the offer touched base from Barca, I was clear with everybody in light of the fact that my aspiration was to come here,” he revealed to Mundo Deportivo.

“At last, it went poorly and I needed to work considerably harder when I got on the pitch so that the [Liverpool] fans didn’t think I was doing things seriously.

“It was intense, however I likewise need to state that I had some great minutes at Liverpool and the fans treated me extremely well, despite the fact that I couldn’t win any trophies there.”

Coutinho scored 12 objectives in 20 recreations for Liverpool subsequent to coming back from back damage this season before moving to Barcelona for €160 million in January.

He scored his first Barca objective in a week ago’s Copa del Rey elimination round win against Valencia and said settling in had been helped by ex-Anfield colleague Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

“The welcome from Messi and Suarez has been incredible,” he included. “They’re two major symbols for me and to play for an indistinguishable group from them is awesome – yet not simply with them, with Andres [Iniesta] and the rest, as well.

“Playing close by Messi is extremely exceptional. Not every person finds the opportunity. That fulfills me truly.”

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Messi turns 31 not long from now however remains the key player at Barcelona, who are best of La Liga, into the Copa del Rey last and meet Chelsea in the Champions League one week from now.

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic said that in spite of the fact that Messi won’t not be the most outgoing person of characters, he was the best player ever.

“Messi’s the reference,” Rakitic disclosed to El Hormiguero. “Our play depends a considerable measure on him, there’s no compelling reason to converse with comprehend him, a motion is sufficient.

“He’s the best ever, equipped for turning a diversion around in a moment.

“He’s modest in light of the fact that he realizes that everybody is taking a gander at him. Be that as it may, he was one of the first to help me when I got to the club, inquiring as to whether I required anything. He’s distinctive to other individuals.”