The moment Barcelona fans had been waiting for finally happened last night as Philippe Coutinho made his debut for the club.
The Brazilian sealed a £142 million move from Liverpool earlier this month, a deal which they had tried to get done in the summer.
A minor injury then delayed his debut, but last night Coutinho finally made his Nou Camp bow for Barcelona.
He came on as a substitute in the 2-0 Copa Del Rey win over rivals Espanyol, replacing current club legend Andres Iniesta.
Coutinho began his game with a nutmeg of an opponent and looked like he settled instantly among his teammates.
He linked up well with Lionel Messi, providing a pass to the Argentine who hit the post.
Importantly he came through the game unscathed, and Coutinho will potentially be in line to make his first start on Sunday in La Liga against Alaves.
Liverpool fans watched with a mixture of emotions, some still bitter towards Coutinho, others wishing him luck, while all appearing to admit it hurt watching him turn out for his new club.
seeing Coutinho playing with Suarez again in a different shirt HURTS....trying not to cry :'( #LFC— Anfield Throne (@AnfieldThrone) January 25, 2018
A snake has just come onto the pitch in the Barca game..........Oh it’s Coutinho! #lfc— Old git Victor (@OldGit_Victor) January 25, 2018
This is like that first photo of your ex with her new dude and it finally sets in that it’s over. Going to miss the little magician for sure. @Phil_Coutinho best of luck at Barca. #LFC #YNWA https://t.co/2YJobah8sQ— Ian Baker (@IanBaker06) January 25, 2018
Good luck coutinho all the best we will miss you— phelomena7 (@eliijahfifi) January 25, 2018
Proper weird seeing Coutinho playing for someone else.— Scott (@Scottlfc87) January 25, 2018
Makes me sick seeing coutinho in a barca shirt— Elliott (@cosier_elliott) January 25, 2018
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