Coutinho explains why he'd snub Barcelona for Liverpool stay

by Leon Thompson May 27, 2017, 10:20
Coutinho explains why he'd snub Barcelona for Liverpool stay

"He is the ideal player for Barça." . Tite told Spanish newspaper Sport.

'That magic, that capacity to invent and create something, that change of rhythm, the way he builds play - it's crucial for any side.

He seems convinced that the former Inter ace has the attributes to flourish in that deeper role though, and while Barca will welcome the favourable assessment of the Brazil coach who indirectly may influence Coutinho's thinking, it's not what Liverpool want to hear at all.

Coutinho, 24, has enjoyed an impressive season with Liverpool, scoring 13 goals and recording seven assists in the Premier League to help the club secure Champions League qualification.

"I'm talking hypothetically, let's make that clear", Tite was quoted as saying by Brazilian news portal Uol. There is Sergio (Busquets) and the two creators, what in Italy they denominate "mezzalas" that are (Ivan) Rakitic and (Andres) Iniesta, they are the two thinkers of the team.

Asked about how he fits Coutinho into his plans for the national side, Tite said: "The ideal position of Neymar at Barcelona is on the left side". Coutinho could play in that role.

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"I have a long contract with Liverpool".

Coutinho moved to Liverpool from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

He could be called up to play for Brazil in friendlies against Argentina and Australia this summer.

Transfer Market Web say Jurgen Klopp could look to a familiar face should Coutinho head to the Nou Camp.

Barca's attack now comprises Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez so it's not immediately clear where Coutinho would fit in from the off, but Tite envisages him fulfilling a deeper role. Of course, doubts arise: will he be better marked in the centre and lose the element surprise?

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