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Philippe Coutinho picks his top three players of 2016

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With December imminent, the footballing awards season is getting into full flow.

Preparations for the Ballon d'Or, Team of the Year, FIFA World Player of the Year and many others will be well underway as the sport's biggest stars eagerly await the usually pretty posh ceremonies around the world.

And popular football magazine FourFourTwo have joined in by starting their very own countdown of the 100 best players in 2016.

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The magazine has already begun releasing their list of who has impressed them the most over the last 12 months and by Tuesday afternoon they reached the 60-51 stage.

As you would expect, there are some pretty formidable names included such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Raheem Sterling, Alexandre Lacazette and at 51, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

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So to celebrate Coutinho's very respectable ranking, FourFourTwo asked the Brazilian who his top three players of 2016 have been.

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely expected to take home the Balon d'Or this year but Coutinho looked beyond the Portuguese and went for the deadliest attacking trio in the world right now.

In a short video which you can see below, Coutinho said: "My top three players in the world are the MSN trio.

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"Obviously there are others at Real Madrid too like Cristiano Ronaldo but those three complete each other.

"One is fast, the other is skilful, then there's the top scorer so they really complete each other."

Coutinho's admiration for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez might make a few paranoid Liverpool fans a bit edgy.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move the Camp Nou in the last few months after his fantastic start to the season.

And Barcelona legend Xavi has even publicly stated that the Liverpool ace would improve the current XI Luis Enrique has at his disposal.

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However, that speculation will disappear for the time being while Coutinho finds out how long he will be out of action for.

The Brazilian international picked up a serious-looking ankle injury during Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland and there are fears he could be unavailable until the start of 2017 if it is indeed ligament damage.

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