I've been waiting for this because so far we've heard at length from pretty much everyone but the man himself:
Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool , me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends.
On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans. In turn, I hope I have delivered memories and moments that have brought happiness to the Liverpool supporters.
Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club’s greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place. It has its own personality and character.
I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so.
I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart.
I wish Jürgen and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. This is an amazing team and they are getting better and better all the time.
There are too many people I want to thank, but I cannot name everyone individually.
To all the amazing club staff who have been part of my life in Liverpool - I will miss you. To the owners, whom have tried so hard to bring success, and to the football recruitment staff for showing faith in me to bring me here and rewarding me during that journey, and to my incredible teammates, past and present, who have helped me grow and improve as a player and a person, I would like to say thank you to you all. Anything I have achieved here would not have been possible without you.
And finally, to the most important people of Liverpool - the Liverpool supporters. I can never thank you enough for what you have given me during this time and no matter where I go in the world, for the rest of my life, I will always cherish Liverpool in my heart. You, the club and the city will always be a part of me.
You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Although it will be hard for some supporters to accept Coutinho does speak some honest truths in this message. A footballer's career is short and only a select few will be offered the chance to play for Barcelona. Imagine you'd been offered the opportunity to play for your dream club and for some reason you don't manage to take it up. Let's say, for example, Coutinho had waited for Barcelona to make an offer in the summer but in the meantime he suffered an ACL injury and they signed someone else instead. That's the kind of missed opportunity that has led some footballers to drink in the past. I'm not happy with what Coutinho has done, it's damned inconvenient for us, but as a human being I can understand it. I don't think Coutinho has been particularly duplicitous with us (apart from the occasional suspect injury) so I don't agree with him being portrayed as a snake by some. He stayed at the club for five years and won nothing, that's a decent amount of goodwill shown by a wanted player these days. He's just a young player trying to squeeze every last drop out of a fragile career. We say goodbye and turn our full attention to making sure we don't miss him.