Luis Suarez credited with an assist in Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona

India Tv- Philippe Coutinho wearing the Barca colours

Philippe Coutinho is excited to begin life at Barcelona alongside "idols" such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

"Due to a contractual issue and due to Liverpool's desire, we can not provide the exact figures, but there has been a very significant reduction [in price]", said Barcelona Vice President Jordi Mestre.

The success also arrived in a good-news week for the club as they finally landed long-term transfer target Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, with the Brazilian set to be confirmed as a Barca player imminently.

The Frenchman, signed for 105 million euros from Borussia Dortmund at the start of the campaign, was included in the line-up here for the first time since tearing his hamstring almost four months ago.

After a jittery start when he lost possession twice, Dembele showed his speed by dribbling to the edge of the area where he unleashed a powerful strike that goalkeeper Oier Olazabal did well to parry.

The playmaker joined Barcelona after Liverpool agreed to sell him for £142 million, making him the third-most expensive player in the world behind Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

"We will wait until I have seen him train for a day at least until we talk about that", added Valverde when pressed on where the ex-Inter Milan man would fit into his team.

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Messi is not the only Barca star who enjoys a sip of mate.

It was Messi who broke the deadlock with a fine first-time finish in off the post from a Jordi Alba assist for his 16th league goal of the campaign in the 12th minute.

However, the Anfield heavyweights have given in to pressure from Barca and Coutinho.

Suarez stepped over Messi's low ball across the six-yard box, affording Paulinho a simple finish for his seventh league goal of the season.

Atletico Madrid remained in a distant second place after it had temporarily closed the gap by beating Getafe 2-0 on Saturday.

Real Madrid are a massive 17 points adrift of the leaders in fourth spot, although they do have two games in hand, including away to Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.