Brazil national team coach Tite claims that Philippe Coutinho would be ideal for Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho has been in fine form for Liverpool in recent weeks and helped his side to a place in the top four. Coutinho has been directly involved in nine goals in his last nine Premier League games, turning on the style to help Liverpool into the Champions League places.
A sublime free kick against Middlesbrough on the final day of the season capped off what was largely a brilliant season for the Brazilian. In all competitions, Coutinho scored 17 goals and assisted seven and it could have been a whole lot more had injury not interrupted a purple patch early on in the season.
Naturally, given the individual season he’s had, reports have linked Coutinho with a move to Barcelona and Brazil boss Tite thinks he’d be a good fit.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper Sport, Tite said, “It’s logical that they want to sign him. Who wouldn’t for a player of his talent?
“He is the ideal player for Barça.”
Despite Coutinho’s national team coach insisting a move to Barcelona would be suitable, Jürgen Klopp has the Brazilian at the forefront of his plans for Liverpool’s future. As the Reds’ top goal scorer, Coutinho is vitally important to the Anfield outfit’s attacking ambitions.
With Sadio Mané to return fit next season after a knee injury ruled him out for the last few weeks of the season and Roberto Firmino fit and talented as ever, Klopp will be keen to keep his attackers together.
The common consensus is that if Barcelona come knocking this summer that Liverpool will be powerless to resist them. Coutinho, like many South Americans, have an affinity with Barcelona as many of their childhood heroes played there.
However, as Guillem Balague wrote a couple weeks ago, Barcelona aren’t interested in Coutinho as he doesn’t meet their requirements. The Catalonians need a traditional central midfielder with Andres Iniesta and Coutinho is viewed as more of a forward in their eyes.
What’s more, Jürgen Klopp has reportedly told Coutinho, “Stay here, and they will end up building a statue in your honour.”
With Champions League likely on offer next season, Liverpool is now far more attractive and Coutinho is certain to want to be involved in that.