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Luis Suarez explains Coutinho’s decision to leave Liverpool

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has discussed the reasons behind Philippe Coutinho’s desire to swap Liverpool for the Catalan giants.

The long rumoured interest from Barca in Brazilian play-maker Coutinho almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants.

Further interest has emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season.

Suarez, who played alongside Coutinho in England has opened up about the chances of linking up once more.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, the Uruguayan striker said: “Obviously he must have because he’s a player who has ambition.

“And any player would want to come to Barcelona. He went through a difficult and very complicated moment but as a professional he continued to show how good a player he is.”

Barcelona look to bolster a number of positions in the January transfer window and have been actively scouting a number of options.

Technical secretary Robert Fernandez was in attendance to watch Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea beat Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Defensive options are reportedly key for the former Athletic Club head coach with veteran defender Javier Mascherano expected to leave for Major League Soccer next summer.

Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti have been mainstays in the Barca starting eleven, but Valverde is keen to add options.

Thomas Vermaelen was included in the Champions League squad last week against Olympiacos but he is also expected to leave like Mascherano, giving Valverde no other options at the back.

Azpilicueta has long been admired by Barca, and Robert Fernandez was closely watching the Spanish international at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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