Viernes, 15 Febrero, 2019

Barcelona news: Philippe Coutinho makes this Lionel Messi admission

Coutinho Coutinho celebrates his first goal for Barcelona
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Febrero, 2018, 17:18

Firmino, 26, has enjoyed a fine campaign, scoring 20 goals in all competitions this season and Klopp feels Coutinho's move to Barcelona in January has allowed his fellow Brazilian - who has netted seven times in eight Champions League games - to take more of the limelight. Much of this success was achieved alongside Coutinho, who is no longer around to add to his five-goal tally in this year's competition (he scored a Liverpool hat-trick in the last group game). The former Liverpool man has been married to his wife Aine for three years, and is set to make the decision that has been made by his teammates.

They will be making their way across the Atlantic for this summer's World Cup in Russia anyway and Croatia have jumped at the chance to test themselves again the pre-tournament favourites.

"But I only focus on playing a good game".

The Reds never had any need to instruct the player to seek dual citizenship though, whereas Barca want Coutinho off their list of 'extra-community positions' (also currently occupied by Yerry Mina and Paulinho) so they have a free space for a potential incoming player from a country outside the European Union.

But not just to me.

Coutinho will be hoping to impress when Barcelona face Eibar in La Liga on Saturday.

"I don't think he has stepped up recently but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho's situations".

Jurgen Klopp having the temerity to block a sale saw the German manager receive all kinds of crticism from the Barcelona media, and there were some quite childish reactions.

On how the 25-year-old compares to other recent Liverpool marquee players, the former striker said: "Luis Suarez was an unbelievable player, but he came with a lot of baggage - this kid has no baggage. But people with a football brain judge him right".

However, that sense of a new dawn was slightly dampened by subsequent debacles against Swansea and West Bromwich Albion, as well as the draw against Tottenham, and it's why people shouldn't get too carried away by the Porto victory. "Probably the strongest team in Europe at the minute is Manchester City". Given the reluctance of Liverpool to get rid of Coutinho, a report from the Barca technical secretariat recommended to keep an eye on Mane.