Philippe Coutinho has revealed that his celebration in Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United last week was directed towards the press.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in the summer with United and PSG among the clubs credited with interest.
After scoring Barca’s third in the Champions League last Tuesday – that saw Ernesto Valverde’s men move into the semi-finals – Coutinho put his fingers in his ears and gestured towards the crowd.
On the celebration, Coutinho said: “It was like a liberation, so they would see that many times I have to cover my ears to be able to do my job.”
The Brazil international left Liverpool to move to the Camp Nou back in January 2018 for an initial £105m.
But he has failed to establish himself in Spain, partially because of his ‘cursed house’.
Coutinho added: “I’ve always been a person with respect to everyone…and the truth is that this is for people to see that many times I have to cover my ears to keep the focus on the game or my work to prevent me from [being] affected.
“And well here , for much of the press, I do not have this respect, as work and as I dedicate myself to matches and training.”