Coutinho: I scored first goal in Liverpool with help of Suarez assist

Coutinho: I scored first goal in Liverpool with help of Suarez assist

Coutinho: I scored first goal in Liverpool with help of Suarez assist

Barca won the first leg at Camp Nou last week 1-0, Luis Suarez scoring a second-half victor to put the defending champions in control of the tie.

Barcelona's newcomer Philippe Coutinho shared his impressions after his first goal against Valencia in the return semi-final.

But after scoring his first goal, Coutinho is ready to kick on in Spain, while giving a special thanks to Luis Suarez for the assist.

Gerard Pique came off in the 83rd minute against Valencia on Thursday
Gerard Pique came off in the 83rd minute against Valencia on Thursday

He then created Ivan Rakitic's goal who put the tie to bed, sending Barcelona into a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final.

"I feel happy to have scored my first goal for Barca and have helped the team get to the final". Sevilla beat Leganes 2-0 on Wednesday to advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Luis Suarez turned Ezequiel Garay inside out on the left before bending the ball to the back post where the stretching Coutinho was on hand to divert the ball back across Jaume into the corner of the net leaving the hosts needing three to progress.

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"Barca have been used to playing finals in recent years, but not so much in my case", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, for whom the win came on the eve of his 54th birthday.

In my opinion, I don't think Reds fans will be too anxious. It'll be a great game and a hard one (against Sevilla in the final).

"It's my first final and it's a special and important moment for me, but there are a lot of moments to play before the final". "Gomes was helping us with his strength to be together up and back, but I saw that with the domain we had we needed a player (Coutinho) who could bargain at the last moment".

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After Rakitic coolly rounded off a late counter-attack, finishing from Suarez's pass, Barca brought on 23-year-old Colombian defender Yerry Mina - a £10.4m January signing from Palmeiras - for his debut.

Philippe Coutinho was in the centre of many conversations after he joined Barcelona to become the second most expensive player following his close friend and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. "We need to work harder to try to turn things around".

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