Former Liverpool teammate reveals why Coutinho wanted to move to Barcelona
By Laura O’Leary
Luis Suarez has revealed in an interview why Philippe Coutinho wanted to leave Liverpool and join him at Barcelona.
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Suarez was asked about Coutinho potentially being at Barcelona and what made the fan favourite want to leave Anfield for the Nou Camp.
When asked about whether Coutinho wanted to move to Barcelona, he said: “Obviously he must have wanted to because he is a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barcelona.
“He went through a difficult and very complicated moment but as a professional he has continued to show how good a player he is and the personal quality he has.”
Talking about what Coutinho could bring to Barcelona, Suarez said: “What Coutinho can contribute everyone knows. He is a footballer who today is at a very high level.”
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Coutinho has played nine times for Liverpool across all competitions this season, scoring four goals and grabbing three assists in the process.
The Brazilian international has missed Liverpool’s last two league outings due to an injury, but has been called up for international duty with Brazil.
The 25-year-old also missed Liverpool’s first three leagues games of this season, due to a back injury.
Last season, the attacking midfielder was in impressive form in the 36 games he played for the Reds across all competitions.
In those 36 appearances, Coutinho scored 14 goals and registered nine assists.
Ahead of his move to Barcelona, Suarez was a fan favourite at Liverpool playing for the club between 2011 and 2014.
The striker played 133 games for the Reds and scored 82 goals, along with getting 53 assists.
Barcelona made several attempts to acquire Coutinho’s services in the summer, and are expected to try again in the January transfer window.
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