Neymar pinpoints Philippe Coutinho as perfect mould for Barcelona

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From one Brazilian to another - Neymar, part of the infamous and deadly MSN (Messi, Neymar and Suarez), has revealed his desire for countryman and Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to become part of Barcelona's elite squad.

The South American starlet has thoroughly impressed since his move from Inter Milan, which earned the 23-year-old a spot in last season's Premier League team of the year.

And such is the talent that the Reds midfielder possesses that Neymar has suggested he is good enough to feature for the European champions - a somewhat big step up from Merseyside.


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Speaking at a public event, as per BBC Sport, Neymar said: "I see many Brazilian players with quality today - but one that I like and I think that could play is Philipe Coutinho, he has the style of Barcelona."

Coutinho has been a figurehead for Liverpool in the past few seasons and has become one that Liverpool can simply not afford to lose, though history suggests that a move would be possible.

The Catalan giants swooped in and took Luis Suarez off their hands in 2014 - a loss Anfield is still adjusting to - whilst Raheem Sterling was stolen away by Manchester City this summer in a mega-money deal.

Only time will tell as no official approach has been made, but if Liverpool fail to improve their league position, one can only assume their best players will be seeking a move away.

You can't help but wonder, though, just where Coutinho would slot in at Barcelona, with this likely to be his best chance:

4-2-3-1: ter Stegen; Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho; Neymar, Suarez, Messi.

And before you mention it, yes, Andres Iniesta has been sacrificed, but let's not forget that the Spaniard is 31 and entering the latter stages of his career - he will soon decline. Coutinho's arrival, therefore, could be with the view to succeed the World Cup winner.

In short, it's no mystery why Neymar would be excited by his fellow countryman joining him. He'd fit into their system perfectly - it's actually quite a frightening prospect - it's more a case of where exactly he could fit in amongst their already talent-riddled ranks.

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