Barca Superstar Believes Liverpool's Coutinho Would Be 'Perfect Fit' for Club & Names Childhood Hero

Ollie Knight
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Barcelona forward Neymar has suggested that Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho would be a 'perfect fit' at the Camp Nou, reigniting speculation over Coutinho's Anfield future 

Coutinho, who has been ​tipped by Stan Collymore to leave Liverpool this summer, is the subject of interest from Barcelona after impressing for the Reds during the first half of the season.

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​Barcelona are reportedly preparing a huge bid for Coutinho this summer, and Neymar is open to the idea of the 24-year-old playing alongside him at club-level.

"​ A Premier League player that I would like to have in Barcelona is Coutinho,"  ​Daily Mail  quote Neymar as saying.  "I believe Philippe Coutinho is a player that would totally fit in Barcelona."


​Coutinho only signed a new £200k-a-week deal in January, but if Dimitri Payet's controversial West Ham exit suggests anything, it's that long-term deals are less meaningful than they used to be.

Neymar went on to discuss his two footballing idols, former Manchester City striker Robinho and Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

"My idol since forever is Robinho and he is still playing," he added. "But a player I've admired a lot since I came to Barcelona is Messi.

"This is not only because he helped me since I joined but I have always admired what he does on the field - his decisive power and him being a really cold guy when it comes to deciding a game. I admire him a lot."

Brazilian forward Neymar (L) celebrates

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