Luis Suarez "very happy" for Philippe Coutinho

Luis Suarez
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez backs Philippe Coutinho to be a big hit at Camp Nou after finally completing his big-money move from Liverpool.

Luis Suarez has admitted that he is relishing the prospect of linking up with Philippe Coutinho once again and has backed his new teammate to "contribute a lot" at Barcelona.

Coutinho completed a medical on Monday morning and finalised terms on a £142m transfer from Liverpool, where he spent just short of five years.

The Brazil international was a teammate of Suarez's for 15 months during their time at Anfield, before the striker forced through a move to Camp Nou in 2014.

Ahead of their reunion on the pitch, which has been delayed until next month due to a thigh injury picked up by Coutinho, Suarez told reporters: "As a former teammate, as a friend, I am very happy for him.

"I think he is going to contribute a lot to the team. Everyone knows the quality that he has - he has been in the elite group of players for many years."

Suarez scored his fifth goal in four outings on Sunday night as Barcelona eased past Levante 3-0 in La Liga.

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Barcelona welcome Philippe Coutinho on January 6, 2018
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