Liverpool fans won't be impressed with Brazil coach's comments on star playmaker

"He is the ideal player for Barça." .

Tite, who won the Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup with Corinthians in 2012, also stressed that Coutinho leaving Liverpool was far from inevitable and Klopp should do everything in his power to keep him on Merseyside.

Nevertheless, the former Borussia Dortmund boss realises it might take longer than he initially hoped before Liverpool announce the first new signing.

Tite, however, believes that a move could work for Coutinho as he would slot seamlessly into Barcelona's current system.

Coutinho is integral to Liverpool's plans of competing in the Champions League next season, having enjoyed another stellar campaign for the Reds at the heart of Jurgen Klopp's creative engine.

Coutinho's relationship with Neymar is key to Tite's Brazil set-up, with the manager keen to have the two men firing ahead of next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation. Who wouldn't for a player of his talent?

"In Liverpool, Coutinho plays for the left, but the important thing is that he performs the same function for the national team".

"I'm always talking hypothetically, let's make that clear". Look, if I was Klopp I would fight to make sure I kept hold of him'.

Philippe Coutinho has been in fine form for Liverpool in recent weeks and helped his side to a place in the top four.

Asked about the possibility of putting Neymar and Coutinho together at club level, Tite said: "Yes". There is Sergio (Busquets) and the two creators, what in Italy they denominate "mezzalas" that are (Ivan) Rakitic and (Andres) Iniesta, they are the two thinkers of the team.

"Yes, this is an alternative if we shuffle (the team)", he said. Of course, doubts arise: will he be better marked in the centre and lose the element surprise?

"It is different with all different players so we will see".

  • Julie Sanders