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Philippe Coutinho had a brilliant reaction Luis Suarez's 'Secret Santa' present

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With the January transfer window on the horizon, the Philippe Coutinho-to-Barcelona rumour mill has rumbled back into life.

Liverpool fans all gave a mutual sigh of relief when their star man finished the summer window in Merseyside, not Catalunya, but face another month of waiving nine-digit offers and nurturing the Brazilian's loyalty.

There will be quiet optimism around Anfield this time around, though, with Coutinho displaying the attitude of a man enjoying his football.

Perturbations over quiet goal celebrations are overwhelmed by mercurial showings that contrast the dip in performance of fellow want-away Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal.

Spanish outlet Sport are reporting that Coutinho could be a Barcelona player by the New Year, as part of a €150 million deal, but Liverpool will likely deploy the stubborn resistance that worked so well for them in the summer.

Nevertheless, thanks to Luis Suarez, Coutinho has once again made the newspapers for Barcelona-related drama.

The Brazilian midfielder took part in compatriot Neymar's 'Secret Santa' this year and Suarez drew Coutinho. It's fair to say he knocked it out the park with his purchase.

When Suarez found out who he was buying for, he stated: "It's my little brother, Philippe Coutinho.

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"Well Philippe, from Barcelona I send you a gift that I know you'll like a lot, because you like it a lot and I know you're going to remember the good times that we have and that we live."

The present? A Barcelona gift bag and it contained, rather randomly, a bottle of vodka.

Coutinho's filmed reaction said it all, with the 25-year-old remarking: "What the f***?

"When Luis was here his wife liked to take it and so did I. I thank you."

It's difficult to see Jurgen Klopp approving Coutinho drinking vodka this month, even if it is Christmas but it seems Suarez and his old teammate are partial to a shot of Smirnoff.

As much as the bizarre stunt does little to fuel Barcelona rumours, it goes to show that the Brazilian is very much in contact with a player, in Suarez, who is more than willing to tease him about the rumours.

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Just how long Coutinho will endure at Liverpool is unknown but it looks as though the Reds have another difficult fight on their hands.

On the side of optimism, though, if Jamie Redknapp were to get his way, Suarez and Coutinho wouldn't be exchanging Christmas presents but job titles.

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