Rio Ferdinand Says Liverpool Ace Philippe Coutinho Justifies Barcelona Price Tag

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Handed the captain's armband for Liverpool's crunch meeting with Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday, Reds attacker Philippe Coutinho put in a performance worthy of the position bagging his first European hat-trick for the Anfield outfit. That season, it was Luis Suarez who scored from all conceivable angles to become the official Premier League player of the season that year, and his equivalent this year in terms of goal quantity has been Egypt global Mohamed Salah.

"I do not know how the future is going to be".

The Brazil worldwide has been largely deployed on the left of a front three alongside Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The Reds are determined to keep hold of their star but Barca are expected to return with another mega-money bid in January.

"When it was 6-0", Klopp said, "we were looking at each other [on the Liverpool bench] and saying, 'How did this happen?'" "I do not know if there will be an offer", explained the Brazilian, being completely frank.

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

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La Liga giants Barcelona remain eager to lure Liverpool's Coutinho to Spain despite failing to do over the summer. "But since I've stayed at the club I have entered the pitch with great will and strength".

According to Betway representative Alan Algar, per Odds Bible, they were inundated with bets on Coutinho's uncertain future and so chose to shut it down.

Liverpool rejected several offers totalling £114 million for Coutinho last summer despite the player submitting a transfer request in a bid to force through a move.

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

Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday morning that a deal is already in place for the playmaker to sign a five-year contract.

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