Philipe Coutinho to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho

However, speculation of interest from Barcelona refuses to go away and it won't impress Liverpool officials or supporters alike when they hear that Brazil coach Tite has suggested that the Brazilian global is an ideal player for Barca and would love to see him and Neymar play together at club level.

While Tite also conceded that Klopp "should fight" to keep hold of Coutinho he was also pressed to discuss how the Brazilian might fit in at Camp Nou.

"Before starting the first training I called Coutinho and I said: "I want you to play on the right but doing the same function". That magic, that capacity to invent and create something, that change of rhythm, the way he builds play".

When asked where he sees Coutinho fitting in at Barcelona: "Let's be clear, I'm speaking hypothetically". Coutinho, like many South Americans, have an affinity with Barcelona as many of their childhood heroes played there.

"He is the ideal player for Barça." .




Coutinho signed a long-term contract, believed to run until 2022, in January but reports of interest from Barca have remained persistent, with Klopp having to address the issue at recent news conferences.

"It absolutely makes sense for me that Barcelona are after him", Tite told Sport. "There was one goal [for Brazil against Paraguay] they were brilliant for, Neymar on the left, Coutinho coming in to the middle".

Philippe Coutinho scored 13 goals and assisted seven for Liverpool in the Premier League last season.

The playmaker suffered an ankle injury before Christmas and his month-long absence contributed to Liverpool dropping away in the title race.

'At Liverpool, Coutinho is on the left, but the important thing is that he has the same role as with the national team. Of course, there will be doubts.

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