Philippe Coutinho’s former team-mate Lucio has urged the Liverpool playmaker to snub any potential advances from Barcelona and stay at Anfield.
Reports from Spain have linked the Brazilian with a move to the Catalan giants, although the Reds are adamant he won’t be sold.
Brazilian Lucio – a veteran of the Inter Milan Champions League winning side in 2010, of which Coutinho was a teenage talent – has implored Coutinho not to think of a move to the Camp Nou, warning him he would be on the periphery with Barca’s wealth of attacking talent.
“If it was my decision, I would stay. If I was Coutinho, I would not leave Liverpool,” he told IBTimes UK.
“Barcelona have several star players like Messi, Suarez and Neymar.
“If Coutinho joins Barcelona, he has to play wherever the coach wants him to play, which would be to fill in here and there.
“In the last season, Coutinho was the standout player for Liverpool. He can continue there and can go on to become a very big player for them.
“Regarding his future, it is a decision only Coutinho could take, but as a friend I would suggest him to stay at Liverpool.”