'It's Not the Same': Liverpool Players Reveal Impact of Philippe Coutinho's Exit

Liverpool is "not the same" after Philippe Coutinho was sold to Barcelona for a club-record £142 million, according to former teammate and compatriot Roberto Firmino.

Coutinho completed his transfer to the Camp Nou on Monday (January 7), becoming the third most expensive player in history as he joined Ernesto Valverde's squad in Catalonia.

He left behind at Anfield the so-called "fab four," comprised of himself, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Firmino—and his countryman made his feeling clear about Coutinho's departure.

"Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother," the forward wrote on an Instagram post, alongside an image of the two men together.

"I wish you infinite success, that you enjoy life and realise all your dreams brother."

He added: "God is always protecting you and your whole family. It was an honour to play with a magician like you."

Firmino joined Liverpool in the summer of 2015, bought by former manager Brendan Rodgers from German club Hoffenheim. The 26-year-old has excelled under Rodgers' successor Jurgen Klopp.

He was part of a devastating front-three last season, with Coutinho and Mane playing alongside him, and the trio were joined by Salah in the summer.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also paid tribute to his former teammate. "It's been a pleasure to play with you over the years," he wrote on Instagram. "We will miss you and your family but wish you and them all the very best."

Coutinho had been with Liverpool since 2013, joining from Inter Milan for £8.5 million and seeing the Merseyside club make a profit of £133.5 million on the playmaker.

Coutinho also made clear his feelings towards his teammates and the fans at Anfield. After completing his move to Barcelona, he wrote a heartfelt note to his former club on Instagram.

"I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it," he wrote.

"I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club's importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart."

He added: "I wish Jurgen and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. This is an amazing team and they are getting better and better all the time."

Coutinho joins Valverde's team with Barcelona top of the La Liga table and nine points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian will not be able to come up against his former team this season as he is cup-tied in the Champions League. He will also not make his debut for a couple of weeks due to injury.