“Talking about Philippe brings me a lot of happiness.
“He’s a player I admire. Seriously, it brings me joy watching him. I believe that Spanish football has everything that is attractive to him. It suits his style.
“Barcelona doesn’t have any particular attraction for Brazilian players. But if he – or anyone – is to succeed there, they must play with passion. And they have to be happy.
“Then it’s just down to the player’s own imagination as to whether they succeed.”
Following Coutinho’s goal and assist against Southampton at the weekend, a stat emerged which proves the playmaker is on the cusp of greatness.
In his past 14 Premier League games, he’s been directly involved in 15 goals – crazy considering much of this time has been spent in a deeper midfield position.
This suggests at least that Coutinho isn’t downing tools while he waits for a Barca switch.
For Liverpool, that’s positive, and will hopefully enable our no.10 to enjoy a brilliant campaign, which will boost his 2018 transfer fee to astronomical levels.