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Barca tried to negotiate for Coutinho behind Liverpool's back — Football Leaks

Barca tried to negotiate for Coutinho behind Liverpool's back — Football Leaks

Philippe Coutinho's former-Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard claims he told the Brazillian to 'stay away' during training sessions, so not to be emabarrassed by the tricky player.

Coutinho looked back to his best in a Liverpool shirt yesterday with a scintillating first 45 minutes in which he whipped in a cross for Mohamed Salah's goal before scoring with a curling free-kick. Liverpool's resilience to keep their star man seems to have paid off, with the midfield virtuoso finding his feet in the starting XI after his transfer request in the summer.

This match represented the full re-ignition, and therefore reintegration, of Philippe Coutinho.

"He's impossible to defend against", Gerrard told BT Sport.

"In the last home game against Burnley I thought he could play the whole game, but he had cramp at the end".

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A su vez Schaller informó que las personas que "tienen que confirmar la categoría que estaban o están y siguen en la misma hay otros plazos".

"When I used to train with him, I hated being in the opposition five-a-side, I wouldn't go near him". "I would kindly ask you to refrain from showing interest in Philippe both privately and publicly".

It had been expected that the Brazillian playmaker would leave Anfield for Barcelona during the summer, but a move failed to materialise, to the delight of Liverpool fans.

"He's got such a low centre of gravity, he's so sharp, so quick and he's two or three steps ahead of defenders, he's so, so clever".

It says a lot about how much Liverpool value Coutinho that they were ready to reject a bid of more than £100 million for him.

The information also shows Liverpool's persistence in fending off the aggressive Spaniards, standing firm on their stance of not allowing their prized asset to leave. But does Coutinho make the grade?