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Brazil coach Tite: Coutinho ideal player for Barcelona

27 May 2017, 10:18 | Stacy Ballard

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Coutinho, like many South Americans, have an affinity with Barcelona as many of their childhood heroes played there.

Neymar has enjoyed another strong season alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona, where the trio have combined to score over 100 goals for the third successive campaign.

'That magic, that capacity to invent and create something, that change of rhythm, the way he builds play - it's crucial for any side. "He is the ideal player for Barca".

Philippe Coutinho's displays for Liverpool have led to the Brazil star being linked with a move to Barcelona.

Speaking about Coutinho's relationship with Barcelona's Neymar, he told Spanish daily newspaper Sport: "They complement each other tactically. There was one goal [for Brazil against Paraguay] they were brilliant for, Neymar on the left, Coutinho coming in to the middle".

"So I thought 'how can I work with these two talented players?'" The Catalonians need a traditional central midfielder with Andres Iniesta and Coutinho is viewed as more of a forward in their eyes.

"I don't want to pretentiously give my opinion about Barcelona".

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I have a contract with Liverpool - a long contract.

He could be called up to play for Brazil in friendlies against Argentina and Australia this summer.

"At Liverpool, Coutinho is on the left, but the important thing is that he has the same role as with the national team", he said.

Transfer Market Web say Jurgen Klopp could look to a familiar face should Coutinho head to the Nou Camp.

With Sadio Mané to return fit next season after a knee injury ruled him out for the last few weeks of the season and Roberto Firmino fit and talented as ever, Klopp will be keen to keep his attackers together.

"Yes, this is an alternative if we shuffle (the team)", he said. "We will only see this when we do it".

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