Xavi has declared Philippe Coutinho would
be a welcome addition at Barcelona,
adding that he has no doubts the Liverpool
star would make the grade at Camp Nou.
The Brazilian playmaker has been
generating plenty of headlines of late, with
his efforts in the Premier League reported
to be drawing admiring glances from La
And Xavi, who is no stranger to what it
takes to make the cut at
Barcelona, considers the Samba star to be
a “special” player and one whose current
form establishes him as one of the best
midfielders in Europe.
The World Cup winner is unsurprised the
24-year-old has been linked with the
Spanish champions, hailing Coutinho as
part of an elite group of talent that would
improve Luis Enrique’s squad in
However, the Catalan insists there is no
rush for Coutinho to take that leap, with it
important that he remains focused on the
present and ensures that his standards are
not allowed to dip.
Xavi told Goal : “Coutinho is a player I have
always thought is special – but under
[Liverpool coach Jurgen] Klopp he has
gone up another level. On form there are
not any better midfield players in Europe.
“He has always shown quality but now he
is consistently playing well and that is
good news for Liverpool if they want to
really challenge for the title.
“He is playing under one of the most
intelligent coaches in Europe. Klopp has a
lot of experience at developing world-class
players, so it is a good club for him to be