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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has high praise for Barcelona superstar Neymar

The Brazilians are good friends and have been for many years.

Liverpool have lost some big names in recent years. Fernando Torres, Jamie Carragher, Luis Suarez and this summer Steven Gerrard also walking out of Anfield after many years of service.

That means there are not many top stars still at the club, with perhaps their biggest current player in terms of stardom being Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The former Inter Milan star does however remain in the shadow of one of his best friends in football, Neymar.

The Brazilian superstar, who cost Barca a reported £71.5 million in 2013 according to Reuters, has played with Coutinho throughout the Brazilian youth systems and he has been speaking to the BBC about their relationship today.

He told Football Focus that while he and Neymar have drifted apart over the years, they remain good friends:

“Yeah we’ve known each other for a long time, we played together in the national youth teams. So throughout the under-14s, under-15s, under-16s and under-17s we became very close.

“Over time we grew further apart, as I moved to Italy, but we stayed in touch with each other.

“He’s very down to earth and everyone really admires him.”

Of course Liverpool fans would love to see Neymar one day joining up with the club and combining with his Brazilian buddy, but that is an unrealistic scenario for even the most optimistic of Liverpool fans.

Hopefully Coutinho will never hanker for a reunion with Neymar in Barcelona however.

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