Not for the first time this season, Philippe Coutinho put in a masterful display for Liverpool at the weekend.
The Brazilian scored one and assisted another in the Reds’ 6-1 win against Watford, further establishing himself among Europe’s elite.
Jamie Carragher recently admitted Coutinho is good enough to play for the biggest teams in the world, including Real Madrid, while Brazil legend Ronaldo stressed his desire to see the playmaker at Los Blancos.
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It surely won’t be long before Liverpool chiefs hear from Florentino Perez.
Madrid’s rivals, Barcelona, could also enter any race to sign Coutinho given their stature. No doubt the presence of Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou would certainly help their case.
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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague was asked if he envisions either of the Spanish giants making a move for the 24-year-old next summer.
Balague has good news for Liverpool fans
Balague replied with some good news for Liverpool fans. Coutinho is not glamorous enough for Madrid, apparently, while Barcelona wouldn’t be able to afford his price tag.
“Last time I spoke about Coutinho a few months back, I thought he wasn't ready for Barcelona or Real Madrid,” the Sky Sports columnist said.
“I can now see that he is the most talented player at Liverpool, he's performing regularly, and is scoring. Yes, he is getting to that level where either Barca or Real can come for him.
Needs more glamour
“He needs a bit more glamour for Real Madrid to have big, big interest. For Barcelona, they need to decide what to do with Arda Turan, and then they have to decide whether a player like Coutinho fits in that team.
“The problem with Coutinho as a No 10, he hasn't got a place in a Barcelona 4-3-3. He has to play wide, or play deeper, but that isn't his role, so it's difficult to find a place for him.
“Let's see who the manager is at Barcelona next season, or if Luis Enrique continues, but certainly he would be so expensive that I couldn't see Barca coming in for him just yet.
“At the moment, neither of them are in the equation, but let's see how things progress.”
Jurgen Klopp will certainly hope Balague’s prediction comes true. Coutinho has been an incredible influence in Liverpool’s rise to the top of the Premier League table and would hate to see him leave just as the Brazilian enters his prime.
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