Philippe Coutinho revealed that he felt a mixture of nervousness and enthusiasm against his former Liverpool club in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s team defeated Porto in the semi-finals with the current Coutinho squad, Barcelona, who beat Manchester United to reach the final four – with the Brazilian midfielder scoring an impressive goal in the win against the Red Devils.
Coutinho took time to settle in Barcelona but apparently responded to his criticism with his purpose and celebration, where he closed his eyes and put his fingers in his ears.
“I have always been someone who respects everyone,” Coutinho said.
“The truth is, this [celebration] was meant to make people understand that I had to block the sound so I could focus on a match or my work so it did not affect me.
“It was like liberation.”
The playmaker admitted he was eager to face his former Liverpool club for the first time since his departure in January 2018.
“It will be something special.
“I’m worried because I know this moment is coming.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp warned Coutinho and fellow Red, Luis Suarez, that their return to Anfield would not be easy.
“For these two boys, it’s very special because they are legends of Liverpool,” he explained after Liverpool’s win over Porto. “But I do not think it will be a friendly match, we have to fight and work and they will do it too.
“It’s a magnificent game, Liverpool vs Barcelona in the semifinals. Now, let’s try our best out there and we’ll see what happens.”
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