Ronaldinho says Liverpool are not playing well, and tips Coutinho to leave

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has tipped Philippe Coutinho to be a success at the club if he left them for Liverpool.

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has piled on the problems at Liverpool, by tipping star player Coutinho for a move to Barcelona.

The Reds are coming off a disastrous end to the season where they lost 6-1 to Stoke City which left manager Brendan Rodgers fighting for his job, while key winger Raheem Sterling has made it known, reported the BBC, he is refusing to sign a new contract and wants a transfer.

Ronaldinho has tipped Coutinho to be a success if he followed Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and made known his view that Liverpool have not been playing well.

He told The Mail: "He (Coutinho) has had a fantastic season - he has been one of the best midfield players in Europe - and when you think he has been playing in a team that has not been performing well that is an even bigger achievemen

"After all those years at the club Xavi has left and Iniestia is now in his 30's - they will need to address that. That is why I think Barcelona and Coutinho would be the perfect fit.

"Playing with great players makes you better, I know that. Not only would he win trophies with Barcelona, but playing with Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Iniesta, is going to make him a better player."

The good news for Liverpool is that Coutinho is one player whose future they were able to secure earlier this season. The Mirror reported in February that the former Inter Milan attacker had put pen to paper on a long-term deal to keep him at the club until 2020.

Ronaldinho's words are unlikely to go unnoticed though in Spain, and the Barcelona brass could attempt to sound out Coutinho over a future switch if they are impressed with him.

For Liverpool the recognition from Ronaldinho is attention they could do without, even if it is a temporary distraction from talk about Rodgers and Sterling.

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