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21 July 2017

Liverpool to reject Philippe Coutinho bid from Barcelona worth £72m for playmaker, according to reports

LIVERPOOL will reject a £72m offer from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Catalan club have long been admirers of the Brazilian playmaker and want to lure him to Spain.

Barcelona made a £72m bid for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona made a £72m bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho
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Philippe Coutinho is key to Liverpool's ambitions of challenging for the title
Philippe Coutinho is key to Liverpool’s ambitions of challenging for the title
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But the Daily Mail report that Liverpool are set to knock back a bid from Barcelona worth 80m Euros (£72m).

Coutinho is key to Liverpool’s ambitions of challenging for the Premier League title this season.

The 25-year-old signed a new deal last season to keep him at Anfield until 2022.

Coutinho was key in Liverpool returning to the Champions League after a top-four finish in Jurgen Klopp’s first full season in charge.

Barcelona paid Liverpool £75m for Luis Suarez’s services in 2014 and will have to improve on that bid to land Coutinho.

Liverpool are currently in Hong Kong taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Philippe Coutinho in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy against Crystal Palace
Philippe Coutinho in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy against Crystal Palace
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Philippe Coutinho is key to Jurgen Klopp's plans at Anfield this season
Philippe Coutinho is key to Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Anfield this season
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Klopp’s men beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday with goal from Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi to set up a final showdown against Leicester on Saturday.

Coutinho featured for 45 minutes in the win over Palace at Hong Kong Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp and Frank De Boer react after Liverpool's win over Crystal Palace in Hong Kong

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