MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino likely spoke for lots of Liverpool fans when he posted a message to Philippe Coutinho via Instagram following his fellow Brazilian’s move to Barcelona.
“Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother,” Firmino wrote.
The club gained 160 million euros ($192 million) by selling Coutinho in a blockbuster transfer that was completed on Monday, but the team lost his long-range goals, his technical skills and close control, and his vision and passing range from central midfield.
Liverpool has to move on, and quickly: Manchester City — the unbeaten English Premier League leader — arrives at Anfield on Sunday, in the Reds’ first match without Coutinho as they battle for a finish in the Champions League qualification positions.
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