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Neymar wants Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona

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Barcelona superstar Neymar has admitted that Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is the one Brazilian he would choose to have as a club team-mate.

The Reds have experienced a disappointing start to the season, but, while his team-mates have struggled to hit top form, Coutinho has been busy impressing in midfield regardless.

And people are starting to take notice of the diminutive playmaker. Steven Gerrard, speaking in his new book, named him as the Liverpool player most likely to be "tapped up" by Real Madrid or Barcelona.

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It appears the former Reds captain could have been proven right already, with Neymar admitting he would love to see his international team-mate, and close friend, join him at the Nou Camp.

"Coutinho is a crack," he told Mundo Deportivo. "I would like to play with him at the club. He is at the level to play for Barcelona."

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Close friends

Neymar seems to have plenty of faith in Coutinho's ability; more so, at least, than current Brazil manager Dunga. He controversially left the 23-year-old out of a recent squad in favour of veteran midfielder Kaka.

However, Dunga seemed to admit the decision was a mistake and made sure Coutinho traveled with the squad on their next outing against Costa Rica earlier this month.

During that break, Neymar and Coutinho made up for lost time, uploading a number of–too many, if anything–pictures to Instagram. It confirmed their close friendship remains closer than ever.

Influence

Unfortunately for Liverpool, Neymar will almost certainly have the required influence at Barcelona to convince Luis Enrique to make a move in the near future.

The Brazilian striker, who was linked with a huge move to Manchester United in the summer, is seen as a natural successor to Leo Messi as the club's biggest player.

But would Coutinho want to join Neymar at arguably the biggest and best football club in the world?

Probably.

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