Barcelona are using a Paul Pogba tactic that hurt Liverpool FC

Man Utd player Paul Pogba has attracted interest from Barcelona and there are parallels with the pursuit of former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona are using a Paul Pogba tactic that hurt Liverpool FC

Man Utd player Paul Pogba has attracted interest from Barcelona and there are parallels with the pursuit of former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

05 September 2018 Wednesday 16:55
Barcelona are using a Paul Pogba tactic that hurt Liverpool FC

Luis Suarez does not have the best reputation with United fans. To say the least. But, whatever about what happened when he was a Liverpool player, he has stayed out of their firing line since joining Barcelona. Until now.

Taking part in a Q+A with Catalan radio station RAC1, the Uruguayan was asked about the prospect of Barcelona signing Paul Pogba, a story that has dominated headlines in the region for more than a month.

Typically, footballers give diplomatic answers when asked these kind of questions. 'It is not ethical to talk about other clubs' players' is often the response. But Suarez went one step further than most when discussing the United midfielder's future.

"Paul Pogba is an elite player who has won everything you can," he said.

"He is a player with a lot of quality and is one of the stars of Manchester United, and would probably like to be competing for even more trophies than he is right now.

"He would always be welcome at Barcelona, even if he is not our player."

Suarez's comments come just a week after team-mate Gerard Pique admitted 'we would be very happy to see Pogba in Barca's shirt' and it brings back memories of the club's pursuit of Philippe Coutinho earlier this year.

Liverpool stood firm in hanging onto their prized asset last summer, but that did not stop a host of club figures whispering in Coutinho's ear in the run up to the January transfer window. Quite loudly, actually.

Suarez, as Coutinho's 'big brother', took centre stage alongside the Brazilian's international team-mate, Pauilinho.

"I want him to come, I think it would be a great signing for Barça," Paulinho said. "It would be a great happiness for me, because we would have another great player and another Brazilian."

And it was not just current players. Xavi and Rivaldo were among those who talked up the transfer while Sport and Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona's mouthpieces in the media, kept banging the drum. Nike, the club's sponsor, even leaked that Coutinho was a Barca player before the deal was done.

Should we be shocked?

Barcelona's technical director, Guillermo Amor, publicly admitted the club had made an approach to Antoine Griezmann last season. He even went as far to say it was 'our obligation to have contact with players'.

For an institution that prides itself on the mes que un club image, that is shameless but perhaps it should no longer come as a surprise as they turn their attention towards Pogba.

Strap yourselves in, folks.

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