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Neymar sale inflating Coutinho, Dembele prices - Barca star Pique

27 Agosto 2017

The Brazilian has yet to play for Liverpool this season due to a back problem and he is not in line for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday either.

Before the wails of derision begin, an explanation. Coutinho is a No. 10 in a team that Jurgen Klopp believes performs best in a 4-3-3 formation.

Stoke City's Peter Crouch is obviously preparing for his departure from the Premier League when he retires.

Klopp has even said as much.

"I don't have expectations, I don't think about other clubs to be honest". Maybe the team were too emotional. It's only one pass away from a really good opportunity. In the match against Crystal Palace, Liverpool did not have a single successful through a pass. "That shows why it's so important".

Willian is seen as a viable option given he is not at the forefront of Antonio Conte's plans with Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard ahead of him in the pecking order.

Coutinho's excellence means that he has proved himself useful in alternative roles to his obvious fit.

"We'll see what happens, yes I'm happy at the moment, will I be happy on the 31st still?"

The Catalan giants have been pursuing a move for the Brazilian playmaker for a number of seasons but it has come to fruition during the current window.

Do you think Coutinho could still join Barca this season? Social media was full of jokes about whether Barcelona realise they are trying to buy the wrong player. I have been told that Lazio midfielder Keita Balde, Celta Vigo midfielder Cheikh Diop, Everton's Ross Barkley, PSG right-back Serge Aurier and Southampton reserve goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga are all targets.

Again, Klopp hardly kept that potential move a secret. Lots of pace and he's a threat all over the pitch.

- With Chelsea reportedly snubbing Atletico Madrid officials at the Champions League draw, AC Milan have emerged as leading contenders for Diego Costa's signature.

Reports all summer have indicated that Benzema was close to putting pen to paper on a new contract at the Bernabeu.

Neymar sale inflating Coutinho, Dembele prices - Barca star Pique