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Coutinho at the Bernabeu one day?

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Coutinho has become one of the stars of the Premier League, the driving force behind Liverpool’s impressive early form and the key to them sustaining what could yet become a challenge for the title.

Philippe Coutinho is good enough to play for La Liga giants Real Madrid, says Reds legend Jamie Carragher, describing him as ‘the perfect number 10’.

He is playing at such a level that you could put him in the No 10 position of any of Liverpool’s rivals Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United  and he would fit in seamlessly and enhance their quality.

Coutinho at the Bernabeu one day

“This is a golden age for No 10s in the Premier League. When I was growing up in the 1990s, I used to watch Serie A on TV and they had the monopoly on players in that position, with Roberto Baggio (Juventus), Rui Costa (Fiorentina), Dejan Savicevic (AC Milan) and Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) four of the stellar cast.
But look at England now. Spain may boast the world’s best players but no other league can match the amount of No 10s we see each week, whether it be Mesut Ozil; the Tottenham pair of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen; Manchester City have Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

Coutinho at the Bernabeu one day
If that wasn’t enough, how about Dimitri Payet, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata? They started out as wide players but they now come in and play between the lines. There are so many of these types that it has led to the death of the old-fashioned winger but do not doubt for a moment that Coutinho deserves to be bracketed among those names”- Jamie Carragher said.

His performances are making everyone sit up and take notice, so much so that it has even got to the point where the Brazil legend Ronaldo gave an interview to a Spanish radio station two weeks ago and said he ‘would love to see Coutinho at Real Madrid.’