Philippe Coutinho really wanted to leave Liverpool last summer - Georginio Wijnaldum

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The Brazil global was heavily linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer transfer window but a deal failed to materialise as Liverpool refused to sell their prized asset.

Coutinho scored on his return to Liverpool's starting line-up in the top flight with a brilliant free-kick in a 3-2 victory over Leicester City last weekend.

But, thanks to Liverpool's stubbornness, they managed to keep ahold of their Brazil global and the 25-year-old has returned to the side with two goals in his last two appearances. You can see it from both sides.

"It was hard", Wijnaldum told the ECHO.

The 25-year-old Brazlian, who missed Liverpool's first six matches this season really wanted to make the move while on the other side his teammates were urging him to stay.

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"He's someone who has always given everything for Liverpool".

'It wasn't really the result we wanted, but we have to keep working and there are more games, another four games to come, ' he added.

The Premier League club were even forced to deny offering Coutinho to the Catalans on the last day of the window.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has eased the playmaker back into the Liverpool setup following the closure of the transfer window, and his importance to the team has become more apparent after the recent suspension of Sadio Mane. It is claimed that the player's representatives are continuing to try and negotiate his exit from Anfield and that members of his family are pleading with Liverpool officials to allow him to complete his dream move.

"He was the hub for a lot of the great chances that Liverpool created". "We're so happy that he stayed".

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