Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde excited about Philippe Coutinho arrival


Lionel Messi marked his 400th LaLiga appearance with an early goal as leaders Barcelona beat Levante 3-0 at the Nou Camp to restore their nine-point advantage.

"Coutinho scores goals, assists, he can play both inside [down the centre] and outside [on the flanks]".

Valverde will have to use different lineups regardless, because Coutinho will be limited to playing in the Spanish league, which Barcelona leads, and the Copa del Rey for the remainder of this season.

However, they would consider paying an additional compensation fee to bring Keita to Anfield in light of Philippe Coutinho's transfer to Barcelona.

Even though coach Ernesto Valverde has successfully kept Barcelona winning after predictions of decline abounded following the unwanted departure of Neymar, Coutinho will greatly increase his options in a midfield that is still heavily reliant on Iniesta for its playmaking spark. Having earlier been presented at an official photocall, the playmaker posted a short video message on the Barcelona Twitter feed. "It's a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow".

Just for good measure, it was his low cross which set up Paulinho for a late tap-in to complete the route.

Italian, French and Spanish sides also feature in the top 10.

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The swoop for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder - which contains a 400-million-euro release clause - will be the third biggest deal in football.

"As a former team-mate, as a friend, I am very happy for him", Suarez said post-match, as quoted on

Sergi Roberto was played clear on the overlap down the right, and picked out Luis Suarez with a first-time cross back to the edge of the penalty area.

Valverde handed midfielder Ousmane Dembele, fit again after suffering a hamstring injury on his LaLiga debut following a 105million euro (£93m) move, a place in the starting XI.

Mahrez is being chased by Arsenal and Chelsea during the January transfer window as the Premier League clubs look to strengthen their squads.

"We are trying to develop good play on the floor and he likes this".