Pundit: This Liverpool star isn’t ready for Barcelona move
Matt Le Tissier doesn't believe Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho fits the bill of a Barcelona player
Philippe Coutinho isn’t good enough to play for Barcelona, according to Matt Le Tissier.
The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to sign Coutinho in the summer transfer window with Liverpool’s top-four fate in doubt.
Coutinho has scored 10 goals and has made six assists in 29 appearances in the Premier League in the current campaign.
The 24-year-old has consistently been Liverpool’s best player since Luis Suarez completed a £75m switch to Barcelona back in the 2014 summer transfer window.
However, former Southampton captain Le Tissier has claimed that Coutinho is still short on the level required to secure a move to the Catalan giants.
“I’m not sure Philippe Coutinho is quite at that level. He is very close,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports News HQ.
“If he does go there and play along better players, he may go up another level. There is too much inconsistency there.
“He is a very good football but Barcelona and Real Madrid go for the cream of the crop. He is a little bit below that at the moment.”
Liverpool signed Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Inter Milan back in the January transfer window under Brendan Rodgers in 2013.
The Merseyside outfit are looking to secure a return to the Champions League next season after a two-year absence.
Indeed, Liverpool have only featured in Europe’s premier club competition once in the past eight campaigns.