The Brazilian has started to be recognised as one of the best forwards in the Premier League after his recent performances. It makes Anfield a fortress, a seething cauldron from which few visiting sides emerge with fond memories.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho said: "In the summer, when the offer arrived from Barca, I was very clear with everyone because my ambition was to come here".
The dust has settled on the Phillippe Coutinho saga and the man himself is enjoying a solid start to life in Barcelona.
What's the point, though?
The report also suggests that Stamford Bridge was discussed as a potential venue for the fixture.
Philippe Coutinho will not, however, switch footballing allegiances to Portugal and is still due to represent Brazil at Russia 2018.
Salah has been Liverpool's main man this season hitting 22 Premier League goals in 26 games
To secure a Portuguese passport, one has to have been married to their partner for at least three years - Coutinho has been married to Aine since 2012, meaning he could have done this during his time at Liverpool.
"Fernando Torres was a breath a fresh air when he came to Liverpool and scored spectacular goals, be he was an out-and-out centre forward and Salah is a midfielder". It's fair to say they did that and more in their display at Porto.
The Arsenal legend believes Firmino has the potential to reach the heights of the former Liverpool striker after impressing both domestically and on the European stage.
Philippe Coutinho reveals he is ready for Portuguese nationality so as to make Barca's transfer status more stronger. If you're a good player and clever player like he is, you want that sure ball. The World Cup in Russia starts on June 14.
He will need to match the Ivoirian's transformative influence, or course, as well as carry the team to the silverware that is arguably needed to validate Klopp's Liverpool tenure.
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