Neymar has begun the process of tapping up Philippe Coutinho by saying the Liverpool midfielder has the “style” to play for Barcelona.
In a vintage Barcelona move, Neymar has said that while there are many Brazilians capable of playing for Barcelona, Coutinho has a “style” that would suit the Catalan side.
Coutinho has emerged as one of Liverpool’s most important players after the sales of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, and many feel that the 23-year-old could be the next to follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned trio in leaving Anfield.
“There’s a lot of Brazilian players that could be playing for Barcelona,” said Neymar. “One of them is Philippe Coutinho. He’s a great player and he has Barcelona’s style,” he added, as memories came flooding back of the likes of Gerard Pique openly flirting with then Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas for about five years.
While illness has rendered Neymar’s start to the season a difficult one, the Brazilian forward has since returned and is looking ahead to emulating the 122 goals in all competitions that he, Suarez and Lionel Messi plundered on the way to winning the treble last season.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be the top scorer. What I look for in every season is to get better,” he added.
“Last season was fantastic for us, we’ve won a lot of titles and I scored a lot.
“So, this season I want to be better and to score more to help my team-mates and the team. First we have to think in the group, and then the individual results come naturally.”