LUIS SUAREZ insists Philippe Coutinho could be welcome at Barcelona – with the Nou Camp aspect eyeing a January transfer for the Liverpool playmaker.
Brazilian Coutinho, 25, was the topic of three Barca presents in the summertime and even handed in a switch request.
However the Kop aspect stood agency and Coutinho has since banged in 5 objectives up to now this time period with 5 assists as well.
Nevertheless, Suarez, who stays good associates together with his former Anfield team-mate, says he and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann would match proper in.
Suarez instructed Spanish radio: “Each Griezmann and Coutinho are elite gamers which can be taking part in on the prime stage.
“They’re the place they’re for a purpose.
“They’re each younger and have lengthy careers forward of them. And Barca all the time need the very best gamers.
“Should you have a look at [Griezmann], at Atletico he must play with a No 9. He is not a set No 9.
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“Clearly, Griezmann would come right here so as to add to the crew and to assist the aspect within the place that the coach desires him to play.”
Suarez’s team-mate Andres Iniesta additionally not too long ago waxed lyrical over Coutinho, saying he could be an “vital reinforcement” for Ernesto Valverde’s aspect.
Nevertheless it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who stepped in a reporter quizzed Coutinho over his future.
Coutinho initially replied: “I all the time say the identical factor. I attempt to benefit from the second, I wish to play soccer and each time I’m going on the pitch I strive my greatest.”
Nevertheless, Oxlade-Chamberlain sensed his team-mate was feeling uncomfortable and determined to take issues into his personal fingers.
The winger mentioned: “Phil’s a Liverpool participant… he’s a Liverpool participant proper now and he’s doing rather well for us.
“He’s been probably the most skilled individual I’ve seen all season. He’s been high quality from the beginning and each time he will get on the pitch he does his all for the membership.
“That’s crucial factor proper now. It’s not truthful to ask these sorts of questions. He provides us his all each sport and that’s all we will ask from him.”