Liverpool and footballing legend Steven Gerrard is getting ready to release his biography, "My Story". And he is giving us a few tidbits through the Daily Mail, and one of his latest stories involves Barcelona.
Gerrard talked about his former teammate, Luis Suárez, who's now a Barça star alongside his 'MSN' partners. According to Stevie, the Uruguayan striker made a special request when he left, and then Gerrard dropped a little bombshell about a potential future transfer involving Barça and another one of his former teammates. Take a look:
"Before Luis Suarez left Liverpool’s training ground for the last time he spoke to me about Philippe Coutinho. ‘Make sure you look after him,’ Luis said of Philippe.
That told me how much Suarez rated Coutinho as a player. I knew they were close, because all the South Americans and Spaniards loved Luis.
But it struck a chord with me when Luis singled out Philippe as our most special young talent. It echoed my own view.
Philippe is wonderfully gifted and I expect him to become Liverpool’s leading player.
Many Liverpool fans already regard him as our main man.
He has just signed a new deal and he and his wife — who are a lovely couple — seem settled here.
But I also know that the Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, will come looking for Philippe in a few more seasons, just like they did with Luis.
And that’s when it will get tricky for Liverpool because the lure to go to one of those two clubs is so strong for any South American or Spanish player.
Until that happens, Liverpool should really treasure Philippe."
Source: Daily Mail
I really, really, really love Coutinho. He is so, so good, he's Brazilian, and his potential is just bonkers. He's so versatile and can play as a winger and a midfielder in our system. He's just another fantastic season away from becoming a target of all European giants, not only Barça. Let's do it!