The Barça legend, who left the Catalan giants for Al Sadd in the summer, was quoted by The Sun as saying: “Coutinho could fit in at Barca? Sure, he can play at any team in the world. I think he has a brilliant future.”
Xavi’s comments are likely to concern Jurgen Klopp, the German coach who is poised to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Anfield this week. The 48-year-old’s first task could be to convince the South American attacking midfielder to stay with the Merseyside outfit.
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However, Liverpool are under no pressure to sell the 23-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Reds - per the Daily Mail - back in February.
It would take an astronomical offer from Barcelona to tempt Fenway Sports Group to even consider selling the technically-gifted Brazil international.
Coutinho might be tempted by Barcelona move
Coutinho was one player who improved significantly under the management of Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked last weekend following three-and-a-half years at Anfield.
Whether Rodgers’ exit will make Coutinho more inclined to leave Anfield in 2016 is unclear, but it’s understood that members of the Liverpool squad are excited by the prospect of working under the charismatic Klopp.
Coutinho must be aware that he currently has it pretty good at Anfield; however, he could be forgiven if he felt tempted by the chance to link up with the world’s best player Lionel Messi, his former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez and his old friend Neymar at the Camp Nou.
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