In-form Luis Suarez, who himself left Anfield for the Nou Camp during the summer of 2014, added a second before the break and Paulinho tapped in a late third as the Blaugrana consolidated first place ahead of Atletico Madrid, who had beaten Getafe on Saturday.
Coutinho is a great player and will probably have a great career with Barcelona.
Sounds like a potent attacking cul-de-sac if ever there was one.
"He (Suarez) saw that a house next to his became available". He didn't know I was coming for certain but he liked the idea'. It is a kind gesture. We are good friends and he wrote me a lot of messages telling me about the city and the club. "We are in touch all the time and I know Luis will help us to feel at home", the ex-Liverpool star told the Daily Mail. So yeah. Phil's talked about the move, and none of it is "Yeah, I pushed for a move at a time that doesn't make much sense for either club, and sure Liverpool fans are justifiably quite mad at the way this entire transfer went down, so sorry I guess?"
Midfielder Ousmane Dembele, fit again after suffering a hamstring injury on his LaLiga debut following a £93m move, came back into the starting XI, while Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta made his 650th appearance.
Capable of playing on the wing and in a more withdrawn midfield role, Coutinho's arrival provides a wealth of new options to Valverde, although he will not be able to play in the Champions League knockout phase having already featured in the competition for Liverpool.
"I'm happy to be here because of the history of the club and the players that have played here through history", he said.