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Philippe Coutinho reveals Neymar congratulated him on move to Barcelona - but says he's not there to replace him

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Philippe Coutinho dismissed comparisons with Neymar following his £142m move from Liverpool to Barcelona , but has revealed that his fellow Brazilian congratulated him on the switch.Barca's newest recruit was paraded in front of 7,500 fans at the Nou Camp on Monday, after putting pen to paper on a long-term deal. He has become the second most expensive player in the world following the move - behind only his Brazil teammate Neymar following his £199m switch from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
“Paulinho and Luis (Suarez, a former.  
Liverpool teammate) already told me that and I hope that I can be very happy here.”Coutinho was also questioned on if he hoped his presence at the club would now lead to fans forgetting about Neymar, but he dismissed such a notion.“I play with Neymar for Brazil and we’ve been friends for years," he continued.“We’re different players. He is obviously a great player but we have different qualities.”

Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona timeline

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As coutinho's deal to Barcelona closer than ever which may still see him remain at Liverpool till the end of the season, we take a look at his timeline through. 

201330 Jan: Philippe Coutinho joins Liverpool from Inter Milan in an £8.5m deal.2016Summer: Barcelona first emerge as a serious suitor for Coutinho, although Paris Saint-Germain appear most likely to register their interest.20176 Jan: Jurgen Klopp issues statement telling Barcelona to forget about signing Coutinho.“We never had any ideas or plans or any talks about him leaving,” Klopp said.25 Jan: Coutinho signs a new five-year contract at Liverpool. The deal is meant to end Barcelona’s interest in the Brazilian, who will earn £8m a season.April: Liverpool insist Coutinho is not for sale at ANY price.
1 July: Summer transfer window opens. Bookies install Barcelona as favourites to land Coutinho.4 Aug: Barcelona reluctantly sell Neymar to PSG in a £200m hostile transfer.9 Aug: Liverpool reject Barcelona’s first bid of £90m f…

Liverpool owners give Jurgen Klopp final say on Philippe Coutinho transfer

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And now The Times report that Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are willing to accept an offer in the region of £133 million, though Klopp would still be allowed to veto it. Such a massive fee would smash the Premier League transfer record for a sale, but the Reds are under no pressure to sell and they will back Klopp if he decides to block the move. Coutinho is currently sidelined with a thigh injury and underwent a scan on Tuesday that has confirmed he will miss Friday’s FA Cup derby clash against Everton. Reports in Spain have suggested that Coutinho is unwilling to play again for Liverpool and fears picking up an injury that could scupper the transfer.
Coutinho is believed to have been told by Liverpool that he would be allowed to leave next summer after his dream move fell through, and never allowed his performances to dip. In his 13 Premier League appearances this season, Coutinho has scored seven goals and laid on another six assists, while he has also netted five times i…

Goal-Happy Liverpool Make Champions League History as They Storm to the Knockout Stages

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Coutinho fit for cup match

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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is poised to return to the squad for the Capital One Cup quarterfinal against Southampton on Wednesday, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.
The Merseysiders have been without the Brazil international since he suffered a hamstring injury in the 4-1 win at Manchester City earlier this month.
But speaking after his side's 1-0 win over Swansea at Anfield on Sunday, Klopp said: "Philippe had a very intensive session [on Saturday], but we decided two or three days ago that we didn't want to risk him for this game.
"Now I think he's fit. I saw him in the dressing room and he looks good. I'll have to talk with him tomorrow -- I think he's ready for Southampton."

Philippe scan reveals a minor hamstring

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The Brazilian won't face a lengthy spell recovering from injury at a time when he's rediscovered his threat in the final third.  Philippe Coutinho is on form and firing for but only lasted 68 minutes at the Etihad. The sight of a potential hamstring injury was troubling for Liverpool fans, and although manager Jürgen Klopp thought it wasn't a serious problem for his number ten,A scan was always going to provide a more definitive diagnosis.
The scan on Monday revealed that Coutinho has injured his hamstring, but thankfully the Brazilian shouldn't be out of action for a lengthy period of time. How many games he'll miss is unknown, but he's almost certain to miss Thursday's Europa League game against Bordeaux. Andy Hunter of The Guardian reported that "initial indications are
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