BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 8, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the first goal against Blackburn Rovers during the FA Cup 6th Round Quarter-Final Replay match at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Coutinho has all the qualities Barcelona look for – Ronaldinho

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has been talking up the qualities of his compatriot Philippe Coutinho, saying that Little Phil would be a “perfect fit” for Barcelona.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 25, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia in action against West Bromwich Albion FC during the Premier League match at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Coutinho was named Liverpool’s player of the year last week and also made the PFA team of the year for the season.

The 22-year-old was one of the few Liverpool players to impress during a pretty miserable 2014/15 campaign, scoring some stunning goals, most notably against Southampton, Bolton and Man City.

“He [Coutinho] has had a fantastic season – he has been one of the best midfield players in Europe – and when you think he has been playing in a team that has not been performing well that is an even bigger achievement,” Ronaldinho is quoted saying.

“I can’t speak for him and I can’t speak for Barcelona – but I know what Barcelona look for in a player and he has all those qualities.

“After all those years at the club Xavi has left and Iniestia is now in his 30’s – they will need to address that. That is why I think Barcelona and Coutinho would be the perfect fit.

“Playing with great players makes you better, I know that. Not only would he win trophies with Barcelona, but playing with Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Iniesta, is going to make him a better player.”

Thankfully, Coutinho pledged his future to Liverpool by signing a new deal in February.

“Liverpool have always shown a great warmth to me so when they came to me with a proposal I did not need to think twice to renew the contract,” he explained last month.

“I have always been looked after very well by this football club and I am very happy at this football club, so I didn’t even have to think about it.”