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Philippe Coutinho is prepared to take a massive risk to force through Barcelona move

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Prior to Liverpool's opening game against Watford, much of the club's narrative centred on the future of their mercurial midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian playmaker - who scored 13 Premier League goals last season - is heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, with the Spanish giants desperate to find an adequate replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £197m deal.

Some suggest that Coutinho could be the natural successor to the ageing Andres Iniesta, but whatever his position, the Blaugrana are desperate for the Reds' South American ace.

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The former Inter Milan man has already told Jurgen Klopp that he will not put on the famous red jersey again after handing in a formal transfer request just after the club announced they would not listen to Barca's offers.

Things are getting heated between the two parties, with his teammates aware they are helpless in the situation and it appears Coutinho is ready to take a huge risk in order to force through the mega-money deal.

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According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the 25-year-old is ready to put his spot in Brazil's 2018 World Cup squad at risk in order to complete his move to Catalonia.

Yes, that's right, Coutinho is prepared to risk his spot in Russia during his finest years in order to secure a move away from Merseyside.

If Coutinho is prepared to do so, Klopp and the board should look to sell as soon as possible.

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The former Borussia Dortmund man has said in the past that he would be against keeping a player who was unhappy.

Sadly, he will likely have to act in this manner with Coutinho, as the Brazilian does not want to miss out on such an opportunity.

If he does make the move, he will have a chance to link up with fellow countryman Paulinho and could be closely followed through the entrance door by French star, Ousmane Dembele.

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