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Spanish full-back urges Coutinho to forget Barca move

Spanish defender Alberto Moreno has urged Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho to forget a move to Barcelona.

The long rumoured interest from Barca in the Brazilian international almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants.

Further interest have emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season.

Coutinho, who is set to face England for Brazil this week in an international friendly seemingly put an end to such rumours for the time being, telling reporters: “I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world, I’m always happy.”

But, the former Espanyol man’s comments have not stopped reports by media in Spain from claiming a deal is almost close.

Moreno, who plays with Coutinho at Anfield has added his comments on the claims, saying he does not want his friend to leave the club.

“If I get to decide, Philippe’s not going,” Moreno told The Guardian.

“But I can’t interfere. It’s Liverpool, Barcelona and him, and they decide. He’s a big piece at Liverpool. Every fan, everyone who watches Liverpool, everyone who understands football knows that. They know that if he goes, it will leave a big hole.

“I’ve said: ‘Brother, don’t go.’ But in the end, a player has to make the decision himself.

“He’s my friend and always will be. I don’t know what will happen. If it was down to me, I’d love him close to me for life, always enjoying seeing him play football, which is a wonder.

“It’s a privilege. It’s an honour to share a dressing room with him. I see him train every day and he does things I’ve never seen before.”

Coutinho has previously played in Spain with Espanyol, having enjoyed a loan spell with the Catalan club whilst with Italian side Inter Milan.

Since arriving at Liverpool, the midfielder has been a major player for the Anfield based club, helping them reach the Champions League this season.

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