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Philippe Coutinho Will Reportedly Get UEFA Champions League Medal from Liverpool

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2018

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Rui Vieira/Associated Press

Liverpool will reportedly give Philippe Coutinho a UEFA Champions League medal after Saturday's final against Real Madrid in Kiev.Β 

According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have decided they will recognise the part the Brazil international played in their European campaign even though he left for Barcelona in January.

Per UEFA's rules, Liverpool will be given 40 winners' medals to distribute at their discretion if they beat Real on Saturday. If they lose, they will receive 30 runners-up medals.

Coutinho contributed five goals and two assists in his five group-stage appearances for the Reds, helping them top Group E ahead of Sevilla and set up a clash with Porto in the round of 16.

The playmaker was ineligible to play in the knockout phase of the competition following his Β£142 million move to Barca, but he is among the 25 players who have represented Liverpool in their European campaign.

As Liverpool writers Joel Rabinowitz and Leanne Prescott noted, the Reds have barely missed the 25-year-old, such has been the strength of their form since his departure:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

So many people- myself included- were hugely concerned about Liverpool's season after deciding to sell Coutinho in January. Here we are, top 4 secured, and in the CL final. This is exactly why Klopp is the manager and we aren't.

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

@joel_archie Totally agree. Positional change for ManΓ© resulting from Coutinho’s departure has seen him develop brilliantly; the fact that all three front players are producing the best campaigns in their careers to date despite no replacement for Coutinho is phenomenal.

Nevertheless, after playing a key role in the group stage, it feels right the Reds will reward his contribution.

What's more, Liverpool will have enough medals to give one to every player to have featured for them in the Champions League this year and still have plenty left over, particularly if they win.

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