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Neymar comments on his desire to play with Philippe Coutinho

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In recent years, Liverpool have been unable to keep hold of some of their star players.

Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Xabi Alonso are just some of the players that have left Anfield for pastures new as the club fail to convince their key players to stay.

With the Reds failing to consistently challenge for Premier League titles or qualify for the Champions League, they’ve struggled to fend off the so-called bigger European clubs when they come knocking for their players.

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And, according to reports, they face another fight on their hands in the upcoming transfer windows to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho.

Various reports have linked the Brazilian to both Barcelona and Real Madrid with the playmaker attracting plenty of attention thanks to his impressive performances of late.

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That speculation was only heightened after Coutinho scored a brilliant goal during Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday night. Barcelona star Neymar also scored in the match as the pair linked up brilliantly during the comfortable victory over their rivals.

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It led to many people suggesting that Coutinho and Neymar could soon be linking up at club level, as well as on the international scene.

The two 24-year-old’s have been close friends since playing for Brazil at various youth levels and a move to Camp Nou to team up with Neymar could be very tempting.

And Neymar has added fuel to the fire by commenting on the Barcelona rumours.

"Playing with Coutinho is always a joy. We are partners for years and every day I think we're made to play with each other," he said, per Sport.

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However, if Barcelona do want to steal Liverpool’s main man away from them, then they’re going to have to pay big money.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Merseysiders will be asking for at least €75million from Barcelona if they make an offer for Coutinho.

But there is fresh hope that they can stave off the interest of the biggest clubs in Europe with their current form. Liverpool currently sit top of the Premier League and, under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, there is belief this is the sign of things to come.

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Challenging for the title each year and competing in the Champions League will hopefully see Coutinho - and future stars - turn down the approaches of Barcelona and Real Madrid to remain at Anfield.

Liverpool supporters certainly won’t appreciate Neymar’s comments regarding Coutinho but they must acknowledge they have a world-class star on their hands that may want to challenge himself at one of the most successful clubs in Europe.

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