Lucio reacts to reports suggesting Barcelona want to sign Liverpool star Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Brazil legend Lucio has explained why it would be better for Philippe Coutinho to remain with Liverpool, and reject approaches from Spanish champions Barcelona.

The World Cup winner said: “I think that is a personal decision for him, but Barcelona have a lot of great players, but that can put a shade on his play. Liverpool is the right place for him to become the best. He has his space, and can play where he wants.”

The Daily Mail claimed last month that Coutinho was a target of Barcelona, with the Brazilian playmaker reportedly keen to turn his back on the Reds and link up with childhood friend Neymar at Camp Nou.

There have been no confirmations from either Barca or Liverpool that Coutinho is a transfer target, and it is hard to imagine the 23-year-old getting into Luis Enrique’s starting XI ahead of the wealth of talented players currently turning out in Catalonia.

He is not a naturally gifted winger, and his number 10 position is filled by a number of other players, and Lucio believes that staying at Liverpool would be best for Coutinho’s development.

The former defender believes that Coutinho has the potential to ‘be the best’, and at Anfield the 23-year-old is a consistent first-team choice, playing under a coach in Jurgen Klopp who has a proven record of developing youngsters from talents to world class stars.

Coutinho has shown he has all the potential to be excellent, and it is hard to suggest that leaving Liverpool would be the best option at this stage of his career.

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