Liverpool ace Coutinho labels Barcelona talk ‘cool’

Date published: Monday 15th May 2017 1:10

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho says speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona is flattering.

The 24-year-old was in brilliant form as he scored twice and assisted a goal in the 4-0 demolition of West Ham which put Liverpool one step closer to a place in next season’s Champions League.

His development at Anfield has seen clubs from all over Europe take an interest in the Brazil midfielder and Barcelona have reportedly made him one of their main summer targets.

Coutinho though says he has not had any contact with Barca and is focused on securing a place at the top table with Liverpool, although the speculation means he is on the right path.

“Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world, so far, nothing has come to me, because if anything comes, it comes to my manager, what I have to do is focus on the pitch,” Coutinho told ESPN Brasil ahead of Liverpool’s win at West Ham.

“I have a contract with Liverpool, there are two games, there are a lot of chances for us to be in the Champions League next year.

“What I have to do is focus on football and those things are resolved by the business people.

“I’m happy to know that a great club has an interest, it’s cool, for the recognition of their work, what I have to do is keep working hard.

“Liverpool is a great club and we have to put Liverpool back in the Champions League.”

Coutinho’s Brazil team-mate Neymar said in March that he believes Coutinho would be the “perfect fit” for the Catalan club and if Barca were to firm up their interest it would be difficult to keep the player away from their clutches.

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