The favorites of Old Liverpool Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez join Lionel Messi when setting up the boat in Manchester United as Barcelona along the Reds at the Nou Camp
- Manchester United was knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona
- Former Liverpool stars Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho featured on Tuesday evening
- The attacking duo experienced extra pleasure in freeing United in Nou Camp
- Coutinho had the pleasure of scoring a nice third goal to be sure of the result
Former Liverpool stars Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho would have done extra fun by removing Manchester United from the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
For Coutinho, whose Barcelona future was examined, the joy of scoring a nice third goal would have been an extra relief.
The affection that Lionel Messi showed him during the aforementioned holidays remained Coutinho a popular member of the Barca team and the Brazilian responded to his critics by clutching his hand in his ears.
Philippe Coutinho scored a screamer on Tuesday and made it 3-0 against Manchester United
Even better for him and Suarez is that an emotional return to Anfield is now waiting for a semi-final in the Champions League – provided that the side of Jurgen Klopp does not collect his second leg against Porto.
Suarez and Coutinho were the protagonists of Liverpool in their exciting 2014-chase team – Koppites can hope that their dismantling of Manchester this season is an omen for their own race against City.
But it is a different Suarez and Coutinho in Barca colors for the players worshiped on Merseyside, signed by Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers.
In Liverpool they were the go-to players, with the pressure on them to deliver every week.
Coutinho celebrates with Lionel Messi (left) after the Argentinian broke the stalemate
With Barcelona they are the side issue of Lionel Messi. It can cause some frustration, but overall, the South American couple responds well to serving the world's largest player, and then exploits the space when United's defenders are too focused on the Argentinian.
It is one of the reasons why they both wanted to go to the Nou Camp. It was not only the glamor, history, climate, environment and wage package in Barcelona. The chance to play with Messi is like being asked to form a double team with Roger Federer or to write a song with Paul McCartney.
United started well and it was Suarez, whose body shape was unclear when Barca won the first leg 1-0 at Old Trafford, who broke the momentum with a crack in the opposition box.
Although nothing came out of that move, it gave Barca encouragement and Messi pushed them forward by stroking the ball in the lower right corner a few minutes later.
Messi made it 2-0 after David de Gea's keeping hack, who gave Barca the second goal
Barca played a traditional 4-3-3 with Messi on the right, Suarez in the middle and Coutinho on the left. The position was more like the taste of the Brazilian than the central place he had received just after moving to the Nou Camp in 2018, where he was a pale imitation of Xavi and Iniesta.
Particularly impressive of the 26-year-old was his speed and perseverance. It was what created Barca's second goal, losing possession of the ball and then fighting to win it back, that gave Messi the chance to make it 2-0, albeit through a terrible mistake by David de Gea.
With a 2-0 cushion thanks to Messi's double, Suarez and Coutinho felt free to give it a try themselves.
Ironically, they got in each other's way when Messi stepped into the box to get them.
At 32, Suarez showed the old fire and the minds were still there by blaming a linesman who handed out an error to him as he tried to get through the United back-line.
Coutinho has had mixed reviews in Catalonia since he became the world's first £ 100 million football player.
Suarez also played on a night in which Manchester United was outclassed in Europe
But he chose Ousmane Dembele for this match, he looked good in his skin, a dribble in the box was vintage Coutinho while taking responsibility for the corners of Barca – and delivered them well.
The icing on the cake was a wonderful curling effort over the 20-meter Gea to raise Barca 3-0 and kill United's dragging hope.
What was important was the reaction of his teammates. They hurried toward the goal, genuinely happy for the scorer.
Messi planted two kisses on the forehead of his teammate. The view of the Argentinian has a lot of influence on the Nou Camp and it seemed like a sign that he wanted to stay Coutinho.
Suarez then tried the same loft finish across the Gea. His effort ended on the roof of the net, but he won't mind. A return to Anfield and the receipt of a hero is approaching.