By Amir Mir

Charlie Adam has revealed that Glen Johnson believes Liverpool first-teamer, Philippe Coutinho could “easily” play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Midfielder Adam was doing punditry work for the BBC when he made those comments as he currently plays alongside Johnson at Stoke.

The duo played at Anfield earlier on in their careers as Adam was full of praise for Coutinho, who produced a fine display at the weekend.

Coutinho scored a brace against West Ham as Jurgen Klopp’s side boosted their chances of securing a Champions League place with one match of the season remaining.

BBC pundit Adam delivered his verdict on Coutinho and stated what Johnson told him about the highly-rated playmaker.

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“I can see him playing for either [Madrid or Barca’],” Adam told the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live. “Playing against him, he is a wonderful technician, he sees everything differently compared to other players and his ability to go by people, you can see him going to play for them.

“It’s going to cost a lot of money for them, I speak to Glen Johnson about him and he says ‘he’s the best player by a country mile and can easily go and play for Barcelona or Real Madrid’.”

At this moment in time, Klopp is building a team which is edging closer to securing Champions League football at the end of this campaign.

The Merseyside club requires one more win from their final match of the season against already-relegated Middlesbrough which will secure their status in Europe’s best club competition.

Coutinho has been a key player behind their success this term, scoring 12 goals and supplying seven assists during his 30 Premier League matches.

He suffered an ankle injury in December which kept him out of action for six weeks as he struggled for form upon his return to the first team.

However, the Brazillian has scored six goals in his last eight matched added with the fact that he has supplied two assists.

In other Liverpool news, Ronnie Whelan believes Jurgen Klopp needs more than this unreliable 27-year-old. 

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