Messi scores 400th La Liga goal for Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2018-19

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has found life a bit hard at the Nou Camp this season amidst a run of poor form which has seen him lose his place in Ernesto Valverde's starting lineup but it would be a huge mistake to write him off yet because the attacker still has a lot to offer.

Eibar had been stubborn opponents in the first half but began to cave in after the interval, with Suarez striking again six minutes later, converting from a tight angle with the aid of a deflection off a visiting defender.

The 31-year-old is only the second player to reach 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues, following on from Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 409 league goals 507 games in England, Spain and Italy. Fellow record signing Ousmane Dembele joined Coutinho in completing a full 90 minutes and Valverde was happy with their performances.

At the post-match conference right after their tragic defeat against Levante, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde expressed his happiness for Philippe Coutinho.

Jose Mendilibar's troops were threatening to net a consolidation goal ten minutes before time but shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was on top of his game.

Family ties also play a role in the situation, with Coutinho and his partner Aine recently welcoming their second daughter into the world in Barcelona.

"I look more at what he does well, the same with Dembele or Arturo Vidal. It's a repetitive question with interchangeable names". He did reverse that take slightly, following up with, "But he is a player which we consider as a starter and will be very important for us in the remainder of the season, for sure".

The clause is pretty much unheard of in the modern game, with Michael Edwards, Liverpool's sporting director, able to get Barcelona to agree even though they weren't best pleased.

"I think he feels good here, both in the dressing room and on the pitch, he is disciplined, he does a lot of things on the pitch".



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