Barcelona star Coutinho shows class
Henrik Larsson returns with his first column of 2018 as he discusses the Philippe Coutinho transfer, what the Barcelona fans can come to expect, and the former Liverpool star's soccer tips for tomorrow
The New Year got off to a sizzling start with Philippe Coutinho's transfer lớn Barcelona. Albeit an expected transfer, it could end up having great consequences for Barcelona as well as Liverpool.
Twenty-five-year-old Coutinho is a fantastic player with great football knowledge who has proved his worth with Liverpool. Despite his relatively young age he has greatly improved his tactical mind in addition lớn his god-given skill. Particularly in the last few years he's really understood when lớn hold and when lớn let go of the ball, something you're very rarely born with and often comes with experience.
The transfer was nearly complete last summer but was delayed into 2018, which makes it all the more impressive that he has managed lớn perform well and score plenty of goals for Liverpool during the delay. Not everyone his age has that focus. Coutinho understood he would be moving lớn Barcelona and handled it in the best way possible, buy doing the work needed and securing points for his team- According lớn the soccer handicap tip page!
I believe he will perform well with Barcelona. Although it is incredibly hard lớn replace Neymar, I fully believe Coutinho can rise lớn similar levels. Playing with world class players, who in all honesty are a tad better than his teammates at Liverpool, at every position will help him do so.
The fact that Coutinho will not be eligible for the Champions League is naturally a big setback for everyone involved. For himself, for Barcelona, for Liverpool and for the fans of the Champions League.
Liverpool will also miss Coutinho, who has had the most finishes outside the box in the Premier League this season, and will need to cover the hole left behind as soon as possible. This opens up for one of Robert Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané lớn assume an even greater responsibility within their offence.