Barcelona “confident” of tempting Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during the pre-season friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at DW Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Wigan, England.
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Barcelona’s chase for Liverpool’s no.10 is rumoured to be accelerating and Philippe Coutinho’s head may have already been turned. 

Losing Xabi Alonso back in 2009 was a really tough pill to swallow.

Fernando Torres, while fading by the time he left, honestly hurt just as much due to his previous goalscoring exploits and the fact he left for a Premier League rival.

Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014? Don’t even get me started, pal.

If we lose Philippe Coutinho this summer, I’ll be genuinely devastated.

While Jürgen Klopp is said to be not even considering the possibility of Coutinho leaving for pastures new this summer, Sky Sports have reported that Barcelona feel “confident” they can prise the Brazilian away from Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho signs autographs.
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While previously it was said that the prospect of moving to play alongside international teammate and close friend Neymar would be Barcelona’s main pulling power over Coutinho, Sky claims that the no.10 is now seen as the perfect replacement for his countryman.

Neymar is the target of a frankly ridiculous £196m bid from French giants Paris Saint Germain.

The outlet claim that Liverpool turned down a £72m bid earlier this window from the Catalan giants and reaffirm that the Reds are under “no pressure to sell” the player, who committed his long-term future to the club back in January when he penned a brand new five-year deal.

Philippe Coutinho renews his contract with Liverpool Football Club.
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The attacker himself has remained tight lipped on the matter but when asked previously back in June while in Australia with Brazil, the playmaker reiterated that he is a Liverpool player and was only focussing on his contract at the club.

Coutinho scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, assisting a further nine and has become one of, if not the key man in Klopp’s Liverpool revolution.

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