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  1. Coutinho Admits Barcelona Interest

    Phil Coutinho has said he was interested in a move to Barcelona last summer and admits that he does not know what the future holds for him.

    Coutinho, who scored a hat trick in Liverpool’s demolition of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night at Anfield said: “I do not know how the future is going to be,”

    “What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.”

    “Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire.”

    “Of course a lot happened in the summer but my will is always to play and do the best wherever I am – that has not changed.”

    “I am here (at Liverpool), we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help. I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters,”

    Barcelona have continued their pursuit of Coutinho and the Spanish media have played a very active roll in unsettling the player both during the summer and continually since Liverpool rejected all 3 of Barcelona’s bids for him.

    The bids were reported to be £72m, £90m and £114m. While Liverpool rejected all three bids, it was reported at the time that Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group valued the talented Brazilian at £135m.

    Coutinho was seen as a replacement for his fellow countryman and close friend Neymar who moved from Barcelona to Parig St-Germain in the summer for a world record £200m fee.

    This saga has continued to rumble on since the summer and is unlikely to go away anytime soon.

    Recent reports from Spain suggest that Barcelona are ready to come back for Coutinho in January with some suggesting that a deal has already been done. This is all paper speculation of course and respected Spanish football journalist, Guillem Balagué has rubbished these reports.

    With Liverpool qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night, it would make little sense for Coutinho to opt for a January move. Coutinho would be unable to play for Barcelona in the competition as he is cup tied.

    Coutinho has scored 9 goals and provided 7 assists in all competitions so far this season even though he has missed 8 games in total through injury.

    Coutinho moved to Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013 for a fee of £8.5m on the recommendation of Rafa Benitez and has scored 51 goals and provided 44 assists in his 195 games for the club.


  2. Coutinho Could Refuse To Play For Liverpool

    Spanish website Sport is reporting that want away Philippe Coutinho could refuse to play for Liverpool in the Champions League.

    The Spanish publication is claiming that Coutinho, who is still keen on a move to Barcelona, could refuse to play for Liverpool in the Champions League in the hope that he will be able to line out for the Catalan side should a move go ahead in January.

    It’s claimed that Coutinho will take this radical step as he has not given up hope of securing his dream move.

    Coutinho has however been included in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League squad which was announced in recent days.

    According to Sport, Coutinho is very upset and is showing his frustration at not being allowed to move. The Brazilian has done everything he could to try to force a move but Liverpool held their position to ensure that Coutinho remained a Liverpool player when the window closed in Spain last Friday.

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    Coutinho is due to return to Liverpool immediately after their World Cup qualifier away to Colombia. It’s understood that he will board a specially chartered flight, along with fellow Premier League players to return to the UK.

    It remains to be seen how this situation will pan out but one thing is for sure. He has not endeared himself to the Liverpool faithful with his behaviour. Liverpool fans would not entertain the prospect of his departure at the start of the window but that sentiment has now changed with many saying Liverpool should have taken Barcelona’s last offer and cashed in on the Brazilian.

    Spanish newspapers have played a big part in trying to unsettle the player over the summer and it looks like that trend is set to continue throughout the of the season.

     


  3. Pele Says Coutinho Doesn’t Have To Move

    Brazil legend, Pele says Philippe Coutinho does not need to leave Liverpool in order to win the Balon d’Or.

    Speaking to Marca, 76 year old Pele was asked about Neymar’s ability to win the Balon d’Or now that he has moved to PSG. He said “Of course he can. Neymar has a football at his feet which is all he needs.”

    He then continued by saying, “Coutinho is a player I think we should all look at too because he is excellent for his team. No doubts at the moment though that Neymar is the one.”

    “You don’t necessarily have to change teams all the time to prove you are good. It all depends on taking your opportunities.”

    This will be music to some Liverpool fans ears after the multiple unsuccessful bids from Barcelona over the summer which unsettled the Brazilian majician enough for him to submit a transfer request.

    Coutinho returns to Liverpool this week after making an appearance as a substitute in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador where he got on the score sheet as Brazil ran out 2 – 0 winners.

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    Coutinho’s antics over the Barcelona interest have angered many Liverpool fans as he handed in a transfer request to try to force a move to the Catalan club before claiming that he was injured.

    He was fit enough to join up with the Brazil squad where doctors claimed he showed no signs of injury and it was likely a result of stress from the entire episode.

    It’s still unclear whether he will be included in Jurgen Klopp’s side to face Manchester City at the Etihad this weekend.


  4. Guillem Balague Claims Barcelona Preparing Final Coutinho Bid

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he believes Barcelona are preparing a final bid for want away Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes this Thursday.

    He also states that Liverpool’s position on the sale of the Brazilian remains unchanged and the player is not for sale. The Catalans don’t believe they will secure the signature of Coutinho but feel they must show loyalty to their target by submitting a final bid.

    Balague claims Barcelona are already looking at alternatives for Coutinho with Naby Keita of RB Leipzig reported to be their next choice.

    Liverpool spent the majority of the summer transfer window pursuing the talented Guinean-an without success.


  5. Spanish Football Journalist Guillem Balague On Coutinho Sale

    Respected Spanish journalist and Sky Sports football expert, Guillem Balague has had his say on the chances of Philippe Coutinho moving to Spain.

    Even though Coutinho has been in sizzling form for Liverpool this season, Balague believe’s Coutinho is not yet ready to make the move.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague said, “Last time I spoke about Coutinho a few months back, I thought he wasn’t ready for Barcelona or Real Madrid”

    “I can now see that he is the most talented player at Liverpool, he’s performing regularly, and is scoring.”

    “Yes, he is getting to that level where either Barca or Real can come for him.”

    “He needs a bit more glamour for Real Madrid to have big, big interest.”

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    “For Barcelona, they need to decide what to do with Arda Turan, and then they have to decide whether a player like Coutinho fits in that team.”

    “The problem with Coutinho as a No 10, he hasn’t got a place in a Barcelona 4-3-3.”

    “He has to play wide, or play deeper, but that isn’t his role, so it’s difficult to find a place for him.”

    “Let’s see who the manager is at Barcelona next season, or if Luis Enrique continues, but certainly he would be so expensive that I couldn’t see Barca coming in for him just yet.”

    “At the moment, neither of them are in the equation, but let’s see how things progress.”

     


  6. Liverpool Set Coutinho Valuation At £68m

    According to reports emanating from France, Liverpool have set Philippe Coutinho’s transfer valuation at £68m after interest from PSG, Real Madirid and Barcelona.

    We reported earlier this week that PSG were the most likely club to make a bid for Coutinho but this does not mean that Liverpool will accept any bid.

    With Liverpool flying high in the league and having reached the quarter final of the EFL Cup, there is every chance that this season could prove to be a successful year with the prospect of Champions League football next season a real possibility.

    Coutinho is happy at the club and Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer Coutinho an improved contract in the next few weeks in order to solidify Coutinho’s future.

    The price tag of £68m is believed to be more to deter a bid than an actual release clause but there is sure to be a similar type of high release clause inserted into any new contract offered to the player.

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    Coutinho is a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s team and Klopp is sure to pull out all the stops to keep Coutinho at the club but the Brazilian is sure to attract interest with the performances he has put in this season.

    PSG have apparently made Coutinho their number one target after allegedly having a bid for him rejected in the summer.


  7. Why Coutinho Won’t Leave Liverpool This Season

    Speculation about Phillipe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool is fair game at the moment and it seems every publication has run with the story in some shape or form.

    The way the Brazilian has played in the first ten games of the season is proof that he is becoming the player that we saw glimpses of in previous seasons.

    The 24 year old has added consistency to his game this season and is putting in performances that are exciting and dare I say, even world class, so it’s no surprise to see his name filling the back pages of newspapers.

    Three clubs being heavily linked with a move for Coutinho at the moment are, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain but it’s very easy to rule all three clubs out if you sit and look at the bigger picture. Lets look at these club separately.

    Paris Saint Germain

    The French League isn’t the most exciting league and competition for the top spot is usually minimally contested. The one thing going in PSG’s favour is that they will be able to offer a very attractive wage, but this alone will not be enough to tempt Coutinho to make the switch as I don’t think he would move for financial reasons.

    That, and the fact that Liverpool are about to offer him yet another improved contract to ensure we keep him at Anfield, should rule out a financially motivated move.

    Real Madrid

    Real Madrid are another of the teams reported to be keen on Coutinho’s signature but this is not something that will happen as they and Athletico Madrid have had a transfer embargo imposed on them by FIFA for breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under 18.

    The ban will span two transfer windows, January 2017 and Summer 2017, meaning the earliest that they could even think about making an offer would be January 2018.

    This was appealed but the ban was upheld in September so the embargo stands, ruling Real Madrid out.

    Barcelona

    Out of the three clubs, Barcelona seems the more realistic option for Coutinho as he has stated previously that he would love to play at the Camp Nou.

    It’s not difficult to rule out Barcelona when you consider their front three of Neymar, Messi & Suarez, with Iniesta and Alcacer, who would also surely be ahead of Coutinho in the pecking order.

    Also consider his history. When he was at Inter Milan he was kept on the fringes. Why would he want to go to Barcelona to warm the bench, at least for the moment?

    Barcelona have never been subtle about their interest in Coutinho and there were even rumours when they were buying Luis Suarez that they tried to insert a clause into the Suarez’ negotiaition for the Brazilian.

    This deal could happen at some point but not this season.

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    Coutinho is also on the record as saying that he is very happy in Liverpool and his family live there. Also with Lucas and Firmino at the club, there is every reason for him to stay. Not to mention the Klopp effect.

    Liverpool are also strong title contenders this season and stand an excellent chance of making an appearance in next years Champions League. There is also the prospect of picking up a medal in cup competitions. More reasons for the Brazilian magician to stay put.

    This is of course, my opinion and things have a habit of changing very quickly in football, but I do hope that we will see him wearing the number ten jersey for Liverpool for many seasons to come.