Ex-Red upset with Barcelona, Suarez 'tapping up' for Coutinho deal

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WATCH Ray Hudson welcomes Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona with brilliantly bizarre song

The Catalans are still unbeaten in La Liga this season and have Philippe Coutinho to come in, with the Brazilian expected to be officially unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday following the announcement of his 160 million-euro (US$192 million) move from Liverpool.

Messi's 365th goal in Spain's top flight was followed by strikes from Luis Suarez and Paulinho as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid.

"He saw that a house next to his became available", Coutinho told the Daily Mail.

"We will wait until I have seen him train for a day at least until we talk about that", added Valverde when pressed on where the ex-Inter Milan man would fit into his team.

"Now we need to make sure he feels at home because we know that changing club is always hard, but I think he is the type of player who will fit well into the team".

Coutinho, whose transfer is the third-biggest in football history, was not in attendance at the Camp Nou as the club's previous record recruit Ousmane Dembele started.

"It was always my dream to come to Barca". However, the midfielder said that his heart was already set on the Spanish league leaders.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scored in a routine if underwhelming win at home to struggling Levante, with Paulinho increasing their lead in added time.

The playmaker will sign a five-and-half year deal and will have a buyout clause of £355m.

Coutinho could make his debut in Thursday's Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo at Camp Nou, if he recovers from a thigh injury.

"I also want to thank Liverpool and their fans for understanding it was a dream to come to FC Barcelona".

Coutinho's signing allows Barca to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar to Qatar-backed PSG.

Liverpool have been tipped to quickly reinvest their windfall from the Coutinho sale.

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