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Barcelona coach Valverde happy to count on Coutinho versatility

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has welcomed the signing of former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian can play in a variety of attacking positions, something that Valverde believes will benefit the Blaugrana.

"I think he can bring us a lot of things," he said after victory over Levante.

"Coutinho scores goals, assists, he can play both inside and outside and I've seen him play in many positions both for Liverpool and in his national team.

"After taking a long break, he is already with us, we hope he will help us and we will wait to see him train for at least one day to assess his condition."

The 3-0 win against Levante was more like a training game, and Valverde was keen for Barcelona to keep their focus at all times.

"We always want to do things well and to continue winning," he continued.

"Even if we were favourites, Levante hadn't lost away since September.

"We played very well in the first half, but the pace was different in the second half."

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