Rodgers was in charge of the Merseyside club when Coutinho joined the Reds in 2013 from Inter Milan.
At the time, the fee paid for the 25-year-old was a mere £8.5m – meaning Liverpool have indeed made a £133.5m profit on the midfielder. His purchase, given those eye-catching figures, must be regarded as one of the shrewdest in world football, ever.
Speaking about his communication with the Brazilian, Rodgers said:
He sent me a nice text the other day when he was arriving in Barcelona. He is a great young guy, he was never a moment’s problem for me. He was a magical player to work with.
He is in the middle of his asset age, so he’s going to light it up there for the next eight, nine, ten years. A brilliant player who works really hard and never forgets his roots.
The Celtic manager seemed pleased for his former player and content that his development work is helping in football.
I see the joy in seeing the likes of him get his move and Raheem Sterling improve from being an 18 year old kid and leaving for £49m and other players that I’ve worked with.
You feel you have played a little part in helping them achieve what is a dream for them.
It’s clearly something the Northern Irishman prides himself on – developing players. There’s no better litmus test of that than seeing his direct development earn clubs big money.
Under his tutelage, Luis Suarez became a world class striker and was sold for a lot of cash. Raheem Sterling moved for £49m to Manchester City. Coutinho is now the latest to move on for a large sum of money.
All of this talk is of no comfort to us Liverpool fans, though, as yet again one of, if not the best player in our squad is offloaded for mega bucks.
Jurgen Klopp absolutely must, in his usual shrewd and calculated manner, replace his playmaker. The ‘fab four’ is now a three, but three’s a crowd and four’s just better.