La Masia academy graduate and Liverpool legend Luis Garcia believe that Brazilian star Philipe Coutinho will demonstrate the same impact as his nation’s maestro Neymar at Barcelona.
Currently serving as an ambassador for the team’s tour in the U.S, Garcia answered some of the questions on his carrier in an exclusive interview with the AS. Luis spoked on his La Masia days where he used to share the academy’s tutorial with Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol and later Messi, followed by his spells at Atletico Madrid and of course Liverpool in England. He is considered a hero at Anfield with fans sometimes chanting the song depicted to him to fill in the atmosphere of the Kop even today.
Next, to it, he added to his context about the Champions league success he tasted with Barcelona under Frank Rijkaard and also about the second one that involved a mind gasping comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Reflecting on the current proceedings Barcelona are making about in the transfer market involving mostly of Coutinho’s move from the Merseyside club, he indicated that the Brazilian will become a tremendous playmaker in the Catalan shirt.
On asked about the status he would present at Barcelona, Garcia replied, “A lot. we’re really going to miss Iniesta because I don’t think we will see a player as special as him for years. But Coutinho is similar to Iniesta and he’s also a goal scorer which you’ll need from your midfielders. Sometimes, I think we lack someone who can alleviate the pressure on Messi and Suarez and Phil can do that. We haven’t been used to seeing players like Coutinho, who can break a deadlocked game with one shot on goal. He’s vital to the team.”
Coutinho backed to flourish in first full season at Barcelona: PETE JENSON: Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia has backed Philippe Coutinho to be as good as Neymar this season. He arrived the Nou Camp to replace the forward in January. https://t.co/AY4TCOiX5X pic.twitter.com/VnumMnYihj
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Ending transfer speculation for about one year, Coutinho finally made his dream switch from Liverpool to Barcelona in a deal of 142 million becoming the second most expensive footballer at that time. This was all mended because of his nation’s teammate Neymar moving to Paris Saint Germain in a stunning record-breaking deal last summer.
Taking into account his incredible performance with Brazil at the World Cup, Garcia thinks Coutinho will flourish well in his new environment and will be an ideal replacer of Neymar but denies that they both are the same in attitude and game style.
“They’re different. He could have a similar because he can score as many goals or more. Neymar is a very visual player for what he does with the ball-he will go on a 50-metre run. But in terms of effectiveness, they are similar. You have to see his free-kick taking-sensational.”
He went on to explain the type of playing qualities Coutinho would guarantee in stemming up Barcelona’s attacking agenda.
“He was a little bit shy at the start in the first two games but ended the season wanting the ball and conducting the play. I think people are going to see the best of Coutinho (in the season ahead). And when rivals come out to try and block him from having a shot, that opens up all kind of possibilities for the attackers,” he ended.
After relishing the best of himself at Russia in World Cup stage and with club legend Iniesta no more alongside him for the new season, Coutinho now must seize all opportunities to climb on top and be a talent and quality filled midfielder of which he already is in the Catalan colours. We are indeed going to see the best of the Brazilian’s pedigree in the new season.