Wednesday 16 January 2019

Liverpool legend doesn't want Philippe Coutinho to accept Champions League medal should the Merseysiders conquer Europe

Philippe Coutinho during his Liverpool days
Philippe Coutinho during his Liverpool days
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has urged Philippe Coutinho to reject any offer of a Champions League medal if the Reds go on to win Europe's top competition this season.

Jurgen Klopp's side moved into the semi-finals of the competition after a 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City and with Barcelona making a surprise exit against Roma, the door may be opening up for Liverpool to win the tournament for a sixth time in their history.

Success in the Kiev final next month would see Liverpool handed 40 winners medals by UEFA, with Coutinho likely to be in the mix to receive one after he played five times in the competition this season before leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January.

However, the prospect of a player who pushed for a move away from Liverpool receiving a reward for success achieved in his absence does not sit well with three-time European Cup winning Thompson, who told Sky Sports the Brazilian midfielder should decline any offer that may come his way.

“He left Liverpool to go to Barca knowing he wasn’t going to play Champions League football at Barca,” he said. “Listen, I got a medal in 1977 for Liverpool because I played until the semi-final, I don't count it as a winner's medal.

“I’d like to think if we do go on to win it that he says no I don’t deserve it, I don't care its wrong.”

Liverpool will learn who they face in the Champions League semi-finals when the draw is made on Friday.

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