John Barnes Hails ‘Sensational’ Coutinho
Liverpool legend John Barnes says that Philippe Coutinho is a perfect fit for the Reds’ number 10 shirt. Barnes wore the number with great distinction for close to a decade on Merseyside in the late 80s to mid 90s.
Widely considered one of the club’s greatest ever creative players, Barnes said of the Brazilian, “He’s sensational, he’s fantastic. In many respects, even if he had a different number on his back, he would be a No.10.
“As much as he has a number 10 on his back, he plays as a No.10 will play, even if he was No.7, No.8, No.9, No.6. He plays as a creative player and as an attacking creative player. The No.10 role has now become identifiable with a position.
“So I think that any player like Philippe Coutinho going to any club and he is the Philippe Coutinho at a particular club, they would want to be the No.10 and would identify with it.”