Last week, Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher admitted Philippe Coutinho is good enough to play for any team in Europe.
“Coutinho has become one of the stars of the Premier League, the driving force behind Liverpool’s impressive early form and the key to them sustaining what could yet become a challenge for the title,” Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Carragher’s comments came shortly after Brazil legend Ronaldo said he wanted to see Coutinho at Real Madrid.
The Liverpool playmaker probably felt rather giddy after hearing those words.
Coutinho has never made out to seem like a prima-donna; someone who will cause Jurgen Klopp any problems by pushing for a move away from Anfield, ala Raheem Sterling.
But the 24-year-old might not need to. If he continues in his current vein of form, Europe’s elite will soon come calling.
Coutinho had to explain why he visited Luis Suarez at Barcelona’s hotel in Manchester earlier this week. Seeing the duo together elicited thoughts that Coutinho could follow his former teammate to the Camp Nou, but the Brazilian was simply enquiring about tickets to watch Suarez and co. take on Manchester City.
Yet reports that Coutinho will end up in Spain continue to do the rounds.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Coutinho’s agent recently visited Barcelona chiefs in Catalonia to confirm their interest in the player.
Of course, it’s not uncommon for an agent to assess the market. The real worry for Liverpool fans is Coutinho’s apparent opinion of Barca.
Sport claim that Coutinho likes the Spanish champions, as well as everyone at the club.
Make of that what you will.
Liverpool are likely to demand a sizeable fee for their mercurial man, and Real Madrid’s transfer ban helps things, but Barcelona spent £75m on Suarez just two years ago.