Liverpool star to Spanish giants? ‘It makes sense’, says expert

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter believes that a potential move from Liverpool to Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho “makes sense”.

The Brazil international has emerged as, arguably, the Reds’ key player since the exit of Luis Suarez, with his creativity and eye for the spectacular having made him a fans’ favourite.

His performances have led to attention from outside of the English game, with his international team-mate Neymar having recently claimed that his compatriot would be a good fit at Barcelona when quizzed on potential signings for the Catalan club.

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And Hunter has told Sky Sports that he believes that such a move could be realistic:

“It makes sense.

“The players know each other. Coutinho has the skill-set and he’s the right type of guy for the marketing that Barcelona like a lot indeed.

“It’s something that you can see them coming back to but wages, price and availability are the problem. This is a story we’ll be coming back to time and time again as this fella has the ability.”

However, Hunter went on to say that a move for the 23-year-old old is unlikely to be imminent:

“At some stage Barcelona will have to look at that frontline of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and think ‘are they good enough?’ The answer for many years to come from that question is yes. Coutinho is safe for the moment but one day at the Camp Nou? Yeah.

Coutinho has been a Liverpool player since January 2013, when he arrived at Anfield in a cut-price £8.5m deal from Inter Milan.