Luis Suarez has risked the wrath of Liverpool supporters by talking up Philippe Coutinho‘s proposed move to Barcelona.
Coutinho, 25, handed in a transfer request at Anfield ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, in the hope of securing a move to the Nou Camp, but the Reds rejected several bids from the Catalan giants for the Brazil international.
Suarez, Coutinho’s team-mate for two seasons on Merseyside, completed a £75million transfer to Barca back in 2014 and believes the playmaker would be a hit at the Nou Camp.
Asked what Coutinho could bring to Barca, the Uruguay striker told Mundo Deportivo: ‘A lot. I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute. ‘He is a footballer, who today, plays at a very high level.’
Coutinho has gone on to score four goals for Liverpool this term and Suarez has praised the midfielder’s character.
‘Obviously he would have [wanted the move] because he’s a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barca,’ he added. ‘He went through a difficult and very complicated moment but as a professional he continued to show how good a player he is and the personal quality he has.
‘Despite trying to leave Liverpool he continued helping the team and working.
‘He is demonstrating as a professional who has the ambition to take a step further.’