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Barca prepare to unveil £142m Philippe Coutinho

Barca prepare to unveil £142m Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho was at the Nou Camp to watch his new side's 3-0 LaLiga win over Levante on Sunday following his British record move, which could be worth up to £ 142million.

Valverde will have to use different lineups regardless, because Coutinho will be limited to playing in the Spanish league, which Barcelona leads, and the Copa del Rey for the remainder of this season.

The Brazil star did not play against Everton in the FA Cup on Friday evening as he was 'injured' and was later held back from the Liverpool squad, who are heading to Dubai for a few days' break.

The Brazilian, though, cannot wait to get started.

Liverpool have agreed a €160 million (£142m) deal to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona on Saturday according to the Daily Telegraph.

Puel said: "I think it is important he keeps this focus and concentration until the end of the season".

Lionel Messi sent Barca on their way to victory against Levante with a goal on his 400th La Liga appearance, which was followed up by strikes from Luis Suarez and Paulinho. But while they starred in attack, Coutinho will have to measure up to the Spanish club's long line of top-notch midfielders.

"As a former team-mate, as a friend, I am very happy for him", Suarez said post-match, as quoted on marca.com.

Liverpool understand their reservations and ultimately are prepared to wait until July 1 when the Guinea international midfielder is officially due to join.

Suarez, who played with Coutinho at Liverpool when it finished second in England in 2013-14, praised the addition. "He has spent several years playing at an elite level, and we will try to help him settle in quickly, since changing teams isn't easy".

The Barcelona coach was pleased with the team's efforts on their return to league action.

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising. Barcelona had tried to sign him in the summer, but his departure is a blow to Liverpool as the playmaker has just returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season.