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Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in bidding war for Philippe Coutinho

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When the big clubs come calling, it’s hard for Liverpool players to say no. Case in point: Luis Suarez.

The Reds’ inability to contend for the Premier League title - the 2013-14 season aside - in recent years has seen them establish a reputation as a stepping stone for players to move on to greater things.

Even after finishing second in 13-14, the club couldn’t prevent Suarez from leaving for Barcelona.

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And reports are emerging that the Merseyside outfit face a fight on their hands to keep Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.

The Liverpool Echo reported last week that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are keen on signing the Brazilian playmaker.

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And now Barcelona are said to have registered their interest in the 23-year-old.

Fending off PSG is hard enough. But Barcelona? Keeping hold of Coutinho would count as one of Jurgen Klopp’s finest achievements in his short reign at Liverpool, and he’s already taken them to two finals.

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French outlet Le 10 Sport claim that both PSG and Barcelona will use the offer of Champions League football to lure Coutinho away from Anfield.

And Coutinho’s recent comments will have left both clubs on high alert.

“I miss winning cups,” he said when discussing Brazil’s chances of winning the Copa America.

The Mirror claim that PSG will start the bidding war at £25 million but, realistically, the fee could rise to double that amount.

Coutinho is coming off the back of another fine season in which he won four awards at Liverpool’s end of season awards ceremony. His departure would be a big blow to Klopp’s plans of returning the Premier League club to their former glory years.

But in the same sense, it would be wrong to see a fine talent denied the opportunity to play on the biggest stages.

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Dani Alves' plea

One person who agrees with that assessment is Dani Alves.

The Brazilian defender, set to leave Barcelona this summer, has urged Coutinho to consider joining the Catalan giants.

“Football is about living in the moment,” Alves told Yahoo Esportes, per Sky Sports.

“Liverpool have history but you should consider playing for top UCL sides. He has the quality to play for Barcelona.”

Coutinho and Alves are currently together in the United States, where they are representing Brazil in the Copa America. Liverpool fans will hope the pair aren’t staying in the same room.

The attacking midfielder scored seven goals and assisted five as Liverpool reached the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals. Klopp would probably have a huge impact on his development, but the opportunity to play for PSG or Barcelona would certainly be hard to ignore.

Should Philippe Coutinho remain a part of Jurgen Klopp's revolution or chase Champions League titles with Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain? Let us know in the comments section below!

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