Neymar: Struggling Liverpool player is a perfect fit for Barcelona
By Danny Wright
Neymar believes that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho would fit perfectly into the Barcelona side.
The duo have played alongside each other at international level with Brazil and have forged a strong friendship playing for the national side.
Coutinho, 24, is one of Liverpool’s most highly-rated players following a series of impressive seasons since he first burst onto the Anfield scene in 2013 when he joined from Inter Milan.
But he has been well below par in recent months and has been frequently substituted by manager Jurgen Klopp.
The playmaker became the Reds’ highest-earning player in history when he sealed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in January worth around £8million-a-year.
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Neymar, who has carved himself into Barca folklore in a legendary attacking trident alongside Lionel Messi and ex-Liverpool favourite Luis Suarez, thinks that out of all the players in the Premier League he would jump at the chance of playing alongside Coutinho at club level.
“A Premier League player that I would like to have in Barcelona is Coutinho,” said Neymar, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I believe Philippe Coutinho is a player that would totally fit in Barcelona.”
Coutinho’s Liverpool side are currently fourth in the Premier League and look on track to possibly secure Champions League football next season due to the stuttering form of Manchester United and Arsenal.
The 23-time Brazilian international has scored seven goals and made seven assists in 27 apparances across all competitions in Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
After missing all of December and part of January through injury, Coutinho has struggling to recapture his form that he earned plaudits for in the first half of the campaign.
In nine league games since his return, the ex-Inter man has scored just once and has taken part in just three victories.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are eyeing up a move for a defender with a £38.8million release clause.