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Pele makes an extremely bold claim about Philippe Coutinho despite his failed move to Barcelona

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After weeks of deliberation, uncertainty and rumours, the future of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho was finally resolved on Friday night.

The Spanish transfer window closed and Barcelona had failed to snatch the Brazilian superstar away from Jurgen Klopp's side.

It was saga that had many twists and turns, with Coutinho even handing in a formal transfer request just to add further fuel to the fire.

Barca had three gigantic bids rejected by Liverpool and now, the Neymar-less Blaugrana will have to make do with having no Brazilian flair for a while - unless you want to count Paulinho.

Coutinho is now expected to return to first-team action with Liverpool this weekend, after playing his first competitive football of the season for Brazil.

The 25-year-old came on and scored in the 2-0 win over Ecuador and he is expected to make an appearance from the bench against Colombia.

A starting spot against Manchester City on Saturday maybe a bit too soon, but Klopp is keen to reintegrate the South American ace as soon as possible.

Many suggested Coutinho's reason for wanting a move to Barca was to elevate his own personal ability, however, one man disagrees with that; Selecao legend, Pele.

Speaking exclusively to Marca, the serial goal scorer believes that he doesn't have to leave Liverpool to win the biggest prize of all, the Ballon d'Or.

When asked whether his countryman Neymar could win it, Pele took the opportunity to include Coutinho in the mix, saying: "Of course he can. Neymar has a football at his feet which is all he needs.

"Coutinho is a player I think we should all look at too because he is excellent for his team. No doubts at the moment though that Neymar is the one."

When asked whether he feels he needs to move to Spain, Pele answered in a fashion that will delight Liverpool fans.

"No. You don't necessarily have to change teams all the time to prove you are good. It all depends on taking your opportunities."

Well, he's sure to get an opportunity in this exciting Liverpool side and if he can begin to weave his magic behind the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, he could put himself in the frame for the award.

The likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Marco Asensio are tipped to be the ones to break the duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but, it would be foolish to rule Coutinho out entirely.

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