Bad news for Liverpool: Barcelona Legend wants Coutinho at Barcelona
Former Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez believes the Brazilian star Phillippe Coutinho will be a good signing for the Spanish champions
Xavi is convinced that Liverpool’s talisman-tic play maker Phillippe Coutinho as a player with huge potential and would fit perfectly into the first team in Camp Now with time.
He also added that Barcelona would miss Lionel Messi who is currently out for two months with a thigh injury but believes the club have enough quality players to step up.
Speaking to Mundo, Xavi said;
“Phillippe Coutinho is a player with high potential, he is made for the future and with time will make the first team in Barcelona”
“Any team would miss their best player, Lionel Messi’s absence is a real loss for the team, but I believe they have enough quality to step up. Messi to me is the best player in the world if not the best player in the history of football”
“I know Barcelona will come out good and win matches”
Xavi Hernandez is left Barcelona last summer to Qatari club Al Sadd SC
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been hailed as a ‘great player’ by Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez.
As reported to talkSports, Fernandez has hailed the dynamic midfielder but claims that the Catalans already possess a number of playmakers.
The Brazil international, who secured the Reds’ Player of the Year award for last season, has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp recently. Coutinho has gone from strength-to-strength on Merseyside and is now recognised by many as Liverpool’s standout player.
That saw him included in the Premier League Team of the Year for 2014/15 whilst picking up the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year awards at Anfield.
The 23-year-old’s recent performances have caught the eye of many in the game, so it’s not entirely surprising that the likes of Barcelona have been credited with the interest in his signature.
The La Liga champions signed Luis Suarez from Anfield in the summer of 2014, but it’s far from certain as to whether they will step up their interest in Coutinho in the near future.
Coutinho is one of the most exciting players starring in England’s elite division, so it’s crucial the Liverpool hierarchy manage to keep him for the long term.
Of course, it’s all change at the club right now, but surely Coutinho will prove to be the club’s talisman under the new regime. Has has the class and attributes to become a superstar at Anfield. Barcelona may well come calling, but Liverpool must reject any future advances.
But according to Mirror Football, Manchester City have now re-entered the race to sign Coutinho after attempting to whisk him away from Merseyside during the summer.
They also allege that due to Coutinho signing a contract extension until 2020 back in February, the Etihad outfit will start the bidding at around £50million – a significant jump from the £22 million fee Barcelona are reportedly prepared to offer.
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