Liverpool set Barcelona huge asking price for Philippe Coutinho

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There are comparisons that could be made between Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.

While the Brazilian's stock continues to rise at Anfield, Barcelona are hopeful of luring the Liverpool midfielder to Catalonia. Just like Suarez's prolific form on Merseyside earned him a move to the Camp Nou in 2014.

Blessed with sensational talent up front - and almost indisputably the best attacking trio on the planet - Barcelona's South Americans are constantly a talking point in world football.


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However, the Blaugrana want to expand their South American contingent further and add Coutinho's lethal finishing, technical ability and pace to an already world-class team that has seen his former Reds teammate, Suarez, take to life at Barcelona like a duck to water.

It is mind blowing to imagine the capabilities of Luis Enrique's team, should they manage to convince Liverpool to part company with their star man any time soon. But a move for Coutinho would represent more than the Brazilian following Suarez to Barcelona from Anfield.

The thought of the 24-year-old departing the Reds for Barcelona to rekindle a football relationship with Neymar, which has only ever been showcased at international level, is a dream that the Catalan giants hope can become a reality in the near future.

Not for sale

However, as per Sport, Barcelona have a huge task on their hands as Liverpool have no intention of selling their star player, who has scored six goals for the club so far this campaign. While it is understood they will not consider anything less than €75 million for the Brazilian.

Neymar, to the disappointment of Barca teammate Lionel Messi, helped Brazil to defeat their rivals, Argentina, 3-0 on Thursday. But it wasn't Neymar defeating his fellow Barcelona forward that was the talking point; rather more the fact that he and Coutinho have formed a special partnership for the Selecao.

In the words of Sport, Neymar and Coutinho are the "in-fashion partnership in Brazil" - having known each other since their days in the Brazil Under-15s back in 2008 - and their chemistry was showcased against Argentina in their most recent World Cup qualifier.

Coutinho, too, got on the scoresheet against Argentina, with his sensational 25th-minute strike just yet another example of the tremendous form the Liverpool star is in at the moment. And Neymar has previously stated that the midfielder is one of the most talented players he has played with.

Child prodigy

The Menino Prodigio (child prodigy) is in scintillating form for the Reds and producing the kind of performances that only Barcelona have a realistic chance of acquiring.

While boasting three of the world's best attacking talents in Messi, Suarez and Neymar, the Catalans are clearly seeking more than just 'the best', but also a chemistry within their team that would help them to further boost their seamless and stylish brand of football.

Of Brazil's forward line of Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus, they own one, are targeting another and lost out on the latter to former boss Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City.

It is clear the Catalans want special relationships throughout their team - not just in their special MSN trio - and Coutinho would help to do exactly that.

Coutinho and Neymar may speak the same footballing language, but the charm and charisma of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may well be enough to tempt the Brazilian to stay at Anfield for a while longer yet, with the 24-year-old having previously stated he is settled in the city.

And with the Reds currently flying high in the league - top of the table by a single point after 11 games - there is no obvious reason, as of yet, as to why Coutinho would want to quit for the Camp Nou right now.

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