Philippe Coutinho contends he worked especially hard for Liverpool following his failed summer move to Barcelona.

Coutinho scored 12 goals in 20 games for Liverpool before his €160 million transfer to Barcelona.

"In the summer, when the offer arrived from Barca, I was very clear with everyone because my ambition was to come here," he told Mundo Deportivo.

"In the end, it didn't go through and I had to work even harder when I got on the pitch so that the [Liverpool] fans didn't think I was doing things badly.

"It was tough, but I also have to say that I had some good moments at Liverpool and the fans treated me really well, even though I wasn't able to win any trophies there."