What Coutinho's jersey number means to Barcelona - FCNaija

La Liga By: Linus Onyeze | 25/01/2018

Philippe Coutinho will wear the jersey No 14 for Barcelona, the club has confirmed.

The number has been vacated by Javier Mascherano, who has recently left the Catalan giants for China, and Coutinho, who joined from Liverpool this month, will wear that number. The Brazilian will follow former stars such as Jordi Cruyff and Thierry Henry in wearing the number.

However, Cruyff wore the number while on international duty with Holland, and while he never pulled on the No 14 for Barca, due to their insistence during his playing days of wearing only one to 11, the appearance of the number on the back of Coutinho's shirt will resonate with all fans

Coutinho has continued this week to work on his fitness as he prepares to make his debut for Ernesto Valverde's side.

He will start in Thursday night's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Espanyol.