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Philippe Coutinho to stay at Liverpool for now claims Graham Hunter

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Philippe Coutinho could complete a future move to Spanish giants Barcelona, but it's unlikely to transpire anytime soon, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

As reported by Sky Sports, Hunter claims that wages, price and availability could stop the Brazilian playmaker completing a move to the Nou Camp in the near future. 

Barcelona forward Neymar recently insisted that his compatriot would suit the club's style of play, but according to Hunter, Coutinho looks set to stay on in England for the time being. 

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Hunter stated: "It makes sense. The players know each other. Coutinho has the skill-set and he's the right type of guy for the marketing that Barcelona like a lot indeed. It's something that you can see them coming back to but wages, price and availability are the problem. This is a story we'll be coming back to time and time again as this fella has the ability.

"At some stage Barcelona will have to look at that frontline of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and think 'are they good enough?' The answer for many years to come from that question is yes. Coutinho is safe for the moment but one day at the Camp Nou? Yeah.

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"In the next couple of transfer markets? I don't think so."

Coutinho the talisman

It's crucial Brendan Rodgers manages to keep Coutinho on Merseyside for the foreseeable future. The talented forward can become the club's main man in their pursuit of success over the coming years.

At 23, Coutinho is only going to go from strength-to-strength at Anfield. A creator and scorer of goals, the Brazilian international offers so much to the cause, but must continue to develop in England's elite division. 

The playmaker is by no means the finished article, but could yet go on to become a Liverpool legend. The club must do all they can to keep Barcelona away from their key man. 

The player's immediate attention, however, will be on helping his side climb up the Premier League table after a disappointing start to the campaign. After being held at home to Norwich City this past weekend, Rodgers' side must secure all three points against Aston Villa on Saturday. 

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