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Rivaldo makes Philippe Coutinho Liverpool claim amid possible Barcelona return

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Brazil football legend Rivaldo has urged his compatriot Philippe Coutinho to use his experience with former team Liverpool to help him get his career back on track.

The 27-year-old is almost in the end of a season-long loan in Bayern Munich, and is set to return to Barcelona where he had suffered to show his best form.

Coutinho moved to Camp Nou from Liverpool in January 2018 for £142m, but was loaned to Germany after a disappointing 18 months at the club.

Rivaldo, who also played for Barcelona as well as Brazil, has urged Coutinho to fight for his place at the Catalan club first before giving up.

In an interview with an Ambassador for Betfair, Brazil legend said:

“If the chance comes, Coutinho really needs to step up and show the great player he is, just like he did in England with Liverpool and has done with the Brazilian national team for which he is still an important player.

“I believe in his qualities and think much will depend on his will and mental strength. He must prove that others were wrong to write him off and that he can still make the difference for any team.

“Playing for Barcelona is a unique chance for a player and perhaps Coutinho’s experience in the Bundesliga has made him wake up and see that Barça could be the right place for him.

“Of course, it might not turn out to be the case and he could join a Premier League club (Chelsea seems interested). Barça might prefer to get back some of his investment in the player.

“I think Coutinho should fight to stay at Barca and try to convince the club of his qualities. That would be a real demonstration of his personality.

“I always thought Coutinho would adapt better to Spanish football than German, as there are some language and lifestyle issues that could be a little different for a Brazilian in Germany.”

Source- Daily Star

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