Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho could face England

Ross Houston
November 8, 2017

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez hopes that former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho will join him at Camp Nou next year, having seen a summer transfer fall through.

Coutinho, supposedly valued at approximately €150m (£132.6m), has scored 46 goals and registered 40 assists in 190 appearances since joining Liverpool from Inter Milan in a bargain £8.5m deal, establishing himself as one of the Premier League's most feared - if occasionally inconsistent - midfielders courtesy of his tremendous technical ability and deadly long-range shooting.

And Liverpool fans won't like the sound of what he's saying.

Suarez, speaking to Mundo Deportivo, praised Coutinho for knuckling down after a "very complicated time", while also highlighting his commitment as a quality Barcelona require. Though they remain in the market for the player with another bid possible.

Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 games for Liverpool between 2011 and 2014, and few could begrudge the Uruguayan his move to Barcelona when it eventually came - 12 months after he'd attempted to force a move away from Anfield.

Suarez: Obviously he must have because he's a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barça.

He missed the opening stages of the new season, with Jurgen Klopp slowly reintegrating him back into the fold.

And Suarez acknowledges the stressful period.

What could Coutinho add to the Barcelona team?

"It was a hard moment [in the summer] but he's a professional and since [the transfer didn't happen] he has shown how good a player he is and the qualities he has a person". I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho...

Suarez during his Liverpool days.

'He is a footballer, who today, plays at a very high level'.

Barcelona players have showcased a knack for talking up potential moves in the media to increase pressure on selling clubs.

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