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Coutinho could be the best player in the Premier League, says Neymar

The Barcelona star is backing his former teammate to go on to great things.

Barcelona star Neymar has backed Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho to become the best player in the Premier League, reports the Mirror.

The Brazil star has known Coutinho since they were children, with the duo playing together for the Brazil Under-17 team.

Coutinho was the star man in Liverpool’s win over Bolton in the FA Cup on Wedneday night, scoring a superb effort to seal their passage into the fifth round. Now, his former teammate has backed him to become the best in the Premier League.

“He can be the star player in England,” Neymar said.

“This season I think everybody in England is seeing how talented he is - and I know he has a lot more to show. Not only is he a fantastic player, he is a good guy to have in the dressing room, always positive and making jokes.”

Coutinho’s star performance in the FA Cup had his manager stating that he believed the player could go on and develop how Luis Suarez did at Anfield and become a star player as well.

The Uruguayan became a star player in the both the Premier League and world football during his time with the Reds, nearly guiding them to the Premier League title last season, before sealing a multi-million pound move to Barcelona in the summer.

Now Neymar has said that his friend Coutinho can give the Reds the spark they have lacked since Suarez’s departure.

“I think since Luis joined us at Barcelona, Liverpool have not had that one player they can look to for that special moment,” added Neymar.

“Couto can be that player for them I’m sure. When he has the ball at his feet, he can make things happen for himself and he can make things happen for other players. He is a very special player.”

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