Thierry Henry Urges Philippe Coutinho to Follow Suarez Example, Stay One More Year
Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry has had his say on the Phillipe Coutinho transfer saga, offering the player some advice on his next move, when speaking on Sky Sports (via Goal.com).
Henry has suggested that the Brazilian could benefit from staying on one more season before exchanging the Premier League for Barcelona and La Liga.
This would mirror what happened with Luis Suarez when he wanted to leave the club in 2013, before being forced to remain at Anfield another year. The Uruguayan went on to enjoy a fantastic season with Liverpool, scoring 31 league goals, and Barcelona bought him for £65m the following summer.
“It's difficult for me to talk about [the Coutinho situation] because whenever I wanted to leave a club I just left, so I don't know what it's like having to stay when you want to leave,” he began.
“I would advise him to do what Luis Suarez did. He wanted to leave, we all knew, though it wasn't for the same club at the time.
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“But he came back [for Liverpool], acted professionally and had an amazing season. He [Coutinho] strikes me as a similar type of guy.
Coutinho has yet to feature for the club so far this season and has been out with a back injury according to Jurgen Klopp - and not due to speculation over his future.
“Maybe he wants to go, but he should come back – Liverpool fans are going to love him and he loves the club," Henry continued.
“Come back, have a good season and see what happens next year. Follow the path of Suarez.”
Barcelona will need to act quickly if they are serious about getting Coutinho on their books this summer, with only four days until the transfer window shuts until January.