Divock Origi: 'Philippe Coutinho is a joy to play with'

The Merseyside giants eased to a 4-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday, strengthening their grip on fourth place in the Premier League.

Do you think Coutinho would fit in at Barca? His assist and two goals stood out alone but his composure in a much deeper role helped him take the game by the scruff of the neck on more than one occasion as he proved a nightmare figure for the West Ham fans watching on.

The midfielder certainly looked content on an afternoon in which he scored two goals, set up another and generally dazzled with a combination of masterful technique, stunning vision and ruthless finishing.

Coutinho would link up with fellow countryman Neymar and close friend and former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez if he was to swap Anfield for the Nou Camp.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that his club have no intention of selling Coutinho ahead of what he hopes will be a return to Europe's elite competition next season.

Coutinho stole the spotlight again in the second half with a superb solo strike before Divock Origi netted to cap the display.

"All of a sudden it opens up and the pass has the right pace on it". A simple combination of the Brazilian's vision and creativity with Sturridge's attacking intelligence and prowess punished a lifeless West Ham.

With Sturridge fully fit for the first time in what's seemed to be ages, Coutinho was the flawless man to have in the center of midfield behind him to try to feed in balls behind the defence and create space.

The Brazilian has been in excellent for Liverpool since his arrival from Inter Milan in 2013. He needs to be in the decisive area in the middle of the park, he needs to be in shooting situations and all that stuff.

"If they get into the Champions League, they're going to have to get a big squad".

Origi insists the players are confident as they head into their Champions League decider on the final day of the season.

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