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Coutinho declined Barcenola

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho ignoring Barcelona transfer speculation

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has brushed off reports linking him with a summer move to Barcelona.

Coutinho, 24, has enjoyed an impressive season with Liverpool, scoring 13 goals and recording seven assists in the Premier League to help the club secure Champions League qualification.

Asked if he will be playing for Liverpool or Barca in Europe next season, the Brazil international told ESPN Brasil: "A lot of people ask me about that, but I have contract with Liverpool, I've just signed a long-term contract, so the speculation stays with you, journalists."

Regarding Liverpool's 2016-17 campaign, which saw them endure a run of one win in 10 games in all competitions in the New Year, Coutinho said: "We actually started well the season, winning games and playing well, then we have a low period in the last days of 2016 and beginning of January, and in the end of the season we found our best game again."

A 3-0 Liverpool win over Middlesbrough on the final day sealed a top-four finish, and Coutinho said: "The team is playing well, so all the players involved have a piece on that.

"I'm glad with the victory, which was important for us to get the spot at Champions League, and finish the season scoring is important.

"Now I have two games with Brazilian national team and I'll prepare myself to do well."
"Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour," Klopp said.

"Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more."

We started the season very well, I started well. But then in the middle the performance regressed.

“Then we bounced back, I finished the season at a high level.

“The whole team is playing well, today was a very important victory, next season it’s the Champions League.”