Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has revealed that Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has inquired "how it feels to play in the Champions League" and also admitted to have held discussions over the possibility of playing for top clubs playing the European competition. The full-back and the attacking midfielder are on international duty with Brazil for the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the United States.
The 23-year-old scored a hat-trick as Brazil registered a crushing 7-1 victory over Haiti in the Copa America clash. Luis, who joined Chelsea in 2014 from Atletico returned to the Spanish capital club after winning the title with the Blues.
Jurgen Klopp's side lost the Europa final to Sevilla and that saw them miss out on European competitions next season. Luis has urged Coutinho to leave the Merseyside club and join a Champions League side as he welcomed his compatriot to join Atletico this summer.
"Coutinho asked me how it feels to play in a Champions League final. We discussed that he can play for top Champions League sides. Coutinho is amazing and can make the difference. He'd be welcomed at Atletico, he has the quality," Luis said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Luis is not the only player to have advised Coutinho to leave Liverpool in the summer transfer window. Barcelona star Dani Alves believes the former Inter Milan midfielder must play in the Europe's elite club competition and suggested he has the quality to play for the La Liga giants.
"Football is about living the moment. Liverpool have history but you should consider playing for top Champions League sides. He has the quality to play for Barcelona," Sky Sports quoted Alves as saying.
Brazil coach Dunga has also heaped praised on Coutinho. The World Cup winner expressed his delight as the midfielder is replicating his club form for the national side.
"Coutinho is taking advantage of his opportunity. He has been following us. Every game and every practice, his confidence is growing. We talked with him for him to be the Coutinho of Liverpool, dictate play, lead and take risks," Dunga explained.