Luis Suarez names one of the factors contributing to Philippe Coutinho's poor form at Barca


Philippe Coutinho has been a Barcelona player for just over a year now after swapping Liverpool for Catalonia in 2018's winter transfer window. 

When he arrived at the Nou Camp, the Brazilian was touted to replace Andres Iniesta. So, no pressure there then. 

Unfortunately, Coutinho's move hasn't quite gone to plan. 

The most expensive signing in Barca's history has struggled to adapt to life in La Liga and has contributed to just six goals in 19 appearances. 

In fact, he hasn't scored in the league since the 28th of October, during his side's 5-1 El Clasico victory against Real Madrid. 

Plenty has been made about Coutinho's struggles so far and there was even talk of the forward leaving in last months transfer window, just one year after arriving. 


That, of course, didn't happen. Instead, he'll fight for his spot at Barca and will try to recapture the form that saw him leave Anfield for €135 million. 

Interestingly, teammate Luis Suarez may be able to help him get back to his best. That's because the Uruguay striker has spotted an issue that's contributing to Coutinho's struggles. 

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According to Suarez, the 26-year-old is showing promising signs in training, but they aren't coming across during actual games.

Apparently, that's because he's far more relaxed on the training pitch and enjoys his football behind closed doors, but when it comes to turning out on matchday, Coutinho is 'angry or sad'.  


"Because of the relationship I have with Philippe, I tried to help and support him at all times and I always saw him with the best possible predisposition, with joy in training," Suarez told Mundo Deportivo, per the Mirror.  

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"Then, at the time of playing, some concentrate more than others, it can happen by being angry or sad."

As well as suggesting Coutinho needs to relax and enjoy his football, Suarez also believes that his teammate shouldn't be worried about the transfer fee he arrived for last year. 

"He should not train or go out on the field thinking that he is the most expensive player in Barcelona's history, but keep improving day by day with the players he has around."

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Only time will tell if the Brazilian will be able to settle in properly at the Nou Camp, but after scoring two goals in the Copa del Rey earlier this week, Coutinho's confidence might just be returning at the right time. 

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