Philippe Coutinho may well end up with a treble this season following Liverpool’s decision to hand him a Champions League medal for his contribution to the team.
The Brazilian superstar is one of the 25 players who featured for the Reds in the Champions League, and Anfield top executives have concluded that the player’s services should be rewarded, despite securing a £142m move to the Nou Camp.
According to UEFA rules, Coutinho was ineligible to feature for Barca in the competition after playing for his former employers. Liverpool coped with the exit of their key man as they secured another Champions League ticket in the League and blitzed through to the finals with Egyptian star man Mohammed Salah wowing fans with his brilliant performances that genuinely merits all the accolades he has won this year.
The Barcelona midfielder was instrumental in the Reds push to the finals plunging in five goals with a remarkable hat-trick against Spartak Moscow that helped seal a top spot in the group stages. On Saturday, Coutinho like other Barca players and fans will be supporting Liverpool to beat bitter rivals Madrid.
UEFA regulations state that the Champions League winners are given 40 gold medals, and the runners-up are handed 30 silver medals after each final. Distributing them is at each club’s discretion.
Liverpool will confront Real Madrid in the finals in what most fans have dubbed a dream final citing both teams attacking style of play. However, the last team that stopped Madrid from lifting the big ears is their current opposition back in 1981. Most kopites are hoping thunder will strike twice. But do they have what it takes to stop Los Blancos from winning an unprecedented third title in a row? That answer will be given on Saturday night at the Olympiski Stadium in Kiev.