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  1. 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.


  2. 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.