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Barcelona drop Liverpool ace Coutinho to focus on Mane

Barcelona drop Liverpool ace Coutinho to focus on Mane

It is understood that Barcelona were prepared to pay in excess of £100m for Coutinho in the summer transfer window, but Liverpool rebuffed the interest in order to keep hold of the playmaker.

There was an understanding in the Anfield dressing room about what Coutinho - who submitted a transfer request on August 11 - wanted to move to Camp Nou but there have been no issues since he returned to training having recovered from a back problem.

Fitting Jurgen Klopp's system perfectly, the 25 year old's pace drives fear into opponents and translates into real advantages for Liverpool in terms of goals and creating space for others.

The Brazilian midfielder was the subject of repeated offers from the Catalan club, all of which were turned down. "Liverpool is a great club".

Catalan mayors back holding independence vote
Spanish police on Saturday seized printing materials meant to support and promote the referendum near Barcelona. Polls in July showed that 70 percent of Catalans want the chance to vote on their independence.

"Go through the seven best teams in Europe, none of those players are getting in those teams, so as a manager you sit there and think, 'are they good enough, and if not what can I do about it?'"

Many have claimed that Liverpool might have come to an agreement with Coutinho similar to the one which saw Luis Suarez stay in 2013 before leaving for Barca the following year.

"In my case, as everyone knows, I was interested - and my family as well", Coutinho told ESPN Brasil. I am in a place that I have always been given respect by everyone and (I) too respect everyone. That has not changed.

"What happened was that I received an offer for work and, in life, sometimes you're interested and sometimes not". It is all in the past'.


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