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Paulinho offers Coutinho advice amid Barcelona rumors

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The January transfer window is just days away and Paulinho has been the latest Barcelona player to talk up a move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

Speculation linking Barca with the Brazilian continues unabated and it looks as though there’ll be even more over the coming weeks.

Coutinho, meanwhile, continues to shine for Liverpool, scoring again on Boxing Day to take to his tally to seven goals and six assists in 13 Premier League outings this season.

Paulinho has been an unexpected success since moving from China in the summer and has told Coutinho if he does come, he won’t regret it.

"I would advise him to be calm, to leave any anxiety aside. I also went through that when I was in China,” he said.

"You have to think about the decision you are going to make. I think that if he has the opportunity to come, he won't regret it."

Source | Mundo Deportivo

The midfielder also explained exactly what Coutinho would bring to Barcelona should he swap Anfield for Camp Nou.

"He has a way of playing that everyone can see, both for Liverpool and Brazil. He is a very fast player, very agile, with a different technique, which gives many options for those who play in the centre of the field,” he said.

"He also looks for the free space to place the ball into and go for goal. His quality technique is what makes the difference.

"He can play in two or three positions and I think that will also help the coach and the players. Now I just have to encourage it to happen.”

Speculation over Coutinho continues to swirl with the Catalan media remaining optimistic a deal can be done in January.

However, reports from elsewhere suggest Liverpool’s stance is unchanged and any move, particularly in January, will be remarkably difficult and expensive to pull off.