January 25, 2018

Philippe Coutinho makes Barcelona debut after £142m Liverpool move


Philippe Coutinho has made his long-awaited Barcelona debut, replacing Andrés Iniesta, in a 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

The former Liverpool player, who made the £142m move earlier this month, had been forced to wait because of a thigh injury. He replaced the Barça captain after 68 minutes as the hosts made it through to the semi-finals, 2-1 on aggregate.

First-half goals from Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi were enough to see Barcelona progress, 24 hours after Real Madrid were dumped out of the cup by Leganés.

Coutinho’s former club have completed a £200,000 deal for Falkirk for the defender Tony Gallacher. The 18-year-old spent a week on trial at Liverpool earlier this month and the club have wasted little time in signing the full-back.

Philippe Coutinho has made his long-awaited Barcelona debut, replacing Andrés Iniesta, in a 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

The former Liverpool player, who made the £142m move earlier this month, had been forced to wait because of a thigh injury. He replaced the Barça captain after 68 minutes as the hosts made it through to the semi-finals, 2-1 on aggregate.

First-half goals from Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi were enough to see Barcelona progress, 24 hours after Real Madrid were dumped out of the cup by Leganés.

Coutinho’s former club have completed a £200,000 deal for Falkirk for the defender Tony Gallacher. The 18-year-old spent a week on trial at Liverpool earlier this month and the club have wasted little time in signing the full-back.