Barcelona’s record signing Philippe Coutinho completed his mega money move to the Catalan club earlier in the month, as the Brazilian finally got his dream move.
Coutinho had been agitating for a move through out 2017, as Liverpool knew that they could not hold on to their talisman for long. The twinkle toed midfielder eventually got his way, as Liverpool had to bit the bullet and sell their prized asset to Barcelona.
The Catalan side’s latest number 14 started off brightly on his debut for the club. But he has come in for criticism in his last two matches, as he has not been able to effectively contribute to his side.
Coutinho was particularly disappointing against his former club, Espanyol last weekend. It was a very tough match for Barcelona, as the cross-town rivals battled to a 1-1 draw at the RCDE stadium.
The Brazilian though is not worried, as Coutinho feels privileged to play with the likes of Messi and Iniesta at the Nou Camp.
“Andres is a genius, and anyone who plays with him he will make them better,” Coutinho told 8TV.
“I am enjoying my time together with him and also with Leo [Messi], for me they are idols.”
“Everyone knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona,” he told Spanish media.
“It wasn’t possible in the summer, but we worked so that it could be done in winter.
“I really want to win big titles, it was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club.
“I want to win as many as I can, I don’t have preferences.”
“I don’t care about the position, I’ll play where the coach tells me,” Coutinho said.
“It’s all different at Barcelona, and though I’ve played more times on the left, I’ll adapt wherever.”
“It seems incredible, but every day Messi gets better, and as a team-mate I can only take advantage of my moments with him,” the Brazil international told 8TV.
“I’ve learned a lot from everyone and I’ve tried to take advantage of everything they taught me.”
“Valverde welcomed me in, and he is always seeking to improve the team’s game,” Coutinho said.
“He talks a lot with players in training and corrects positioning, which is important.”