A failure at Barcelona, but Philippe Coutinho has been backed to light up Bundesliga

David Cooper - Writer 21:36 18/08/2019
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Philippe Coutinho

Marko Grujic has backed incoming Bayern Munich signing Philippe Coutinho to light up the Bundesliga as the Brazilian closes in on a loan move.

The Bavarian giants confirmed a deal was struck with Barcelona for a season-long loan with the option to buy following their 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin on Friday.

Grujic, on loan from Liverpool, was central to the game’s narrative, scoring one and conceding a penalty for Bayern’s equaliser.

And post-match he spoke to Bild about what German football can expect from his former team-mate at Anfield.

“It’s a big thing for the whole Bundesliga to have the possibility to see Coutinho play now,” the Serbian said.

“He is a special and exciting player, he does crazy things. He got incredible tricks and skills in his locker. I enjoyed every training session with him in Liverpool. He will be by far the best footballer in Germany.”

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Coutinho was in Munich on Sunday to undergo a medical and conclude all other formalities. The 27-year-old will become Bayern’s sixth signing of the summer after Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Jann-Fiete Arp, Ivan Perisic and Mickael Cuisance all joined to front up a major squad overhaul.

However, their season began in an inauspicious fashion as Robert Lewandowski’s double was only enough for a point against Hertha.

And the Polish striker also offered his thoughts on Coutinho post-match.

“I don’t think he’ll need that much time to adapt to our system and ideas,” Lewandowski said. “”I think he’s the sort of player that can settle in without many problems.”

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