Loyalty has become secondary to things like money and fame in modern day football. Gone are the days when we had young players aspiring to be a one-club legends like Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes and Totti.
The Coutinho saga is a big example of this shift in player choices. The Brazilian starlet is a wanted name in the Barcelona camp and the Catalan club has been putting in bid after bid to secure his signature. The former Inter Milan man has now handed in a transfer request and displayed his desire to leave the Merseyside club.
Seeing such an integral part of the team turn his back at a crucial time for the club has especially hurt the fans.
Despite the heartbreak, a young Liverpool fan displayed his emotions about Coutinho through a banner which read “Please Stay Coutinho, My Hero” in the Merseyside club’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
One can only hope that Coutinho sees this little lad’s banner and reconsider his decision to leave.
Check out the picture (via @AnfieldNation) below –