Philippe Coutinho is, by all accounts, not a happy man at the moment.
The Brazilian playmaker had his heart set on a move to Barcelona last week but his current employers, Liverpool, were not prepared to sell for any price. In fact, they were not even willing to enter negotiations with the Catalan giants.
Barça made three bids for Coutinho in this summer - the third of which was worth an eye-watering £140 million - but Liverpool made their decision early doors and refused to back down.
Coutinho, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, is reportedly feeling crestfallen over the whole saga.
While he has enjoyed his time at Anfield and improved dramatically as a player over the past four years, the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou was one he didn’t want to miss out on.
Coutinho 'considering' bizarre plan to force Barcelona move
According to the Catalan newspaper Sport, Coutinho’s ‘disgust’ with Liverpool is described as ‘monumental’.
The 25-year-old is subsequently considering taking ‘radical measures’ in order to force a move to Spain in January.
The report claims that Coutinho is considering refusing to play for Liverpool in the Champions League group stages so that he’s available to feature for Barça in the knockout rounds should Ernesto Valverde’s side qualify.
Sport add that Coutinho has ‘not abandoned his decision to leave Liverpool’ and hopes a deal can finally be agreed when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year.
Don’t hold your breath, Philippe.
Coutinho would be taking a huge gamble
Refusing to play for Liverpool in the Champions League could have serious repercussions for Coutinho, so it’s hard to imagine that he’ll actually go through with this bizarre plan.
Liverpool's draw looks kind on paper
But with or without the South American, Liverpool fans will be confident of qualifying from Group E.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been handed a reasonably kind group stage draw, paired alongside Sevilla, Maribor and Spartak Moscow.
Barcelona, meanwhile, face Sporting Lisbon, Juventus and Olympiacos in Group D.
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