A Brazilian journalist close to the career of Philippe Coutinho has reacted to undying rumours linking the Liverpool man to a move to Barcelona.
Rodrigo Calvozza, assistant editor of the Brazilian platform of goal.com, has drawn on the path Coutinho has taken in football as support for the idea a move to the La Liga giants is not something he should be considering right now.
He has also referred to conversations with the forward’s father, who appears to hold a similar view on his son’s situation.
“When Coutinho was in Italy it was a great experience for him. He arrived there when he was very young and understood the importance to be playing,” Calvozza told the Liverpool Echo.
“He didn’t have too many chances to play (at Inter) so he went to Espanyol to be an important player and here in Liverpool he is also an important player.”
“I don’t know if it will be good for him to go to Barcelona because in Barcelona he will be [just] another one. Here is the difference.”
“I have the chance to talk to his father sometimes and I think he won’t like to go to Barcelona because of these reasons.
“He understands it’s important to play a great team like Liverpool, playing and being an important player.”
An outlook sure to be the source of a growing smile on the faces of Liverpool fans. Nerves over his future are understandable given the regularity at which such rumours are published yet there has been little to suggest Coutinho himself is keen on the move.
He committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract earlier this year and, admittedly, has a lot he can improve on before he feels it is time to join his fellow countryman Neymar- whose admiration for his good friend has primarily fuelled talk of a transfer.
Coutinho reiterated his dedication to the club earlier this week by reaffirming his desire to deliver silverware and help take Liverpool forward under Jurgen Klopp. Anfield is the place for him, and if his performances during the first few months of the campaign are anything to go by, Reds have good reason to set even higher expectations for him next season.