Philippe Coutinho has thanked Steven Gerrard for helping him ‘become a better player’ at Liverpool.
Coutinho secured his £142million exit from Barcelona earlier this month, having enjoyed a successful five years at Liverpool.
The Brazilian played alongside Gerrard at Anfield for two years before the former captain’s own departure in 2015.
The pair shared messages of good luck on Instagram.
‘It hurts you have left because you are a special player, up there with the best I shared a pitch with,’ read Gerrard’s post.
‘I want to wish you and your family all the best for the next stage of your career in Barcelona. Thank you for the special moments and memories over the last 5 years . YNWA.’
Coutinho responded to the message, saying: ‘Steve, thanks so much for your kind words. It was an honour for me to play with such a legend as yourself.
‘I learnt a lot from knowing you. Both off the pitch in my family life and also on the pitch.
‘Thank you for all your support and encouragement in my years at Liverpool. Your belief in me helped me become a better player. I wish you and your family the best.’