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Philippe Coutinho opens door to Barcelona transfer

Philippe Coutinho opens door to Barcelona transfer

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fielded an attacking line-up with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in attack, with Coutinho playing behind them, and it was simply too much for the Russians to handle.

Mundo Deportivo claim Coutinho's agreement with Barcelona - made in the summer - remains valid.

'I do not know how the future is going to be. I do not know if there will be an offer.

The tricky Brazilian was at his brilliant best last night netting a Champions League hat-trick in the 7-0 thumping of sorry Spartak.

By the time the calendar ticks into 2018, it's not unfeasible that Barca have a 14-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga, still their biggest rivals for the title despite Valencia and Atletico being closer.

Liverpool was one of four English teams to qualify in first place, along with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, and its tally of 23 group-stage goals is the second-highest in the competition's history, only behind Paris Saint-Germain's 25 from this season too. The romantic fans in The Kop would have been hoping their talisman, who skippered the side, might well have pledged his future to the club after such a showing from the players and fans alike. Firmino raced onto the loose ball and curled home a shot with the outside of his right foot.

"Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it".

At least not to the Catalan press.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has also refused to rule out Coutinho's exit in the upcoming window.

The journalist who wrote the story says he 'suspects' that this is all happening because Liverpool didn't let the star leave for Barcelona in the summer.

One man doing his level best to make sure the Brazilian stays put, however, is club legend Jamie Carragher.

Reports in Spain had suggested that Messi had asked Barca to end their interest in Coutinho and instead look to bring in a new defender to bolster Ernesto Valverde's first-team squad.