Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar has backed Philippe Coutinho to be a huge success for both club and country…
Neymar has backed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to enjoy a long and successful career after emerging as one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League.
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Neymar, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, said: “He can be the star player in England. This season I think everybody in England is seeing how talented he is – and I know he has a lot more to show.
“We have been good friends since we were 16. Not only is he a fantastic player, he is a good guy to have in the dressing room, always positive and making jokes.”
He added that Coutinho, 22, could match the success of former Liverpool star Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona last summer: “I think since Luis joined us at Barcelona, Liverpool have not had that one player they can look to for that special moment,” said 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.”
Coutinho missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad last year, but has since been recalled by new manager Dunga, something Neymar believes will inspire him to further success.
“He will play a big part in the future of the national team,” he said. “The national steam is very strong, but the way he is playing for Liverpool, I’m sure he will be a big part of Brazil going forward.”
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