Former Liverpool defender showers praise on Philippe Coutinho

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Coutinho had already moved to Europe prior to his Liverpool switch, turning out 47 times for Inter Milan, but the Reds may be wise to make a swift move for his young countryman before someone beats them to the punch.

"The Coutinho-Barcelona link will not go away", he explained.

However, it is highly unlikely that, after rejecting a sizeable offer for the No. 10 in the summer, that Liverpool will sanction Coutinho's departure in January.

Liverpool will continue to refuse to enter into negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of Philippe Coutinho, despite the La Liga side's insistence that they have not given up on the move.

"We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player".

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Now, a claim appears reported by Mundo Deportivo that says Coutinho has actually won a secret deal with manager Juergen Klopp and Liverpool management.

Former Spurs forward Crooks urged Klopp to finally improve Liverpool's defence if the Reds want to keep Coutinho in their squad in the long-term.

The 25-year-old submitted a transfer request in the summer but, after a dream move to Barca failed to materialise, the Brazilian - who will be back at his club after global duty today - knuckled down and returned to action.

"I don't think it's going to happen in January, I don't think they've got intention of making it in January", Balague told Sky Sports, per the Express.

He stated: "The sale of Neymar allowed us to get into the market and take some players we wanted".

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