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What Paulinho has been discussing with Philippe Coutinho regarding his future

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Philippe Coutinho gave quite the performance for Liverpool's penultimate clash of 2017.

The visit of bottom-of-the-table Swansea City to Anfield always posed an easy challenge, but Liverpool delivered an attacking masterclass in a 5-0 thumping. Jurgen Klopp deployed an attacking triumvirate of Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to devastating effect.

And while Firmino took most of the headlines with a brace, it was Coutinho that opened the floodgates with a truly special goal from fully 30 yards.

It was the latest reminder of just how hard of a task Liverpool face to keep their star man. The Brazilian footed a transfer request during the summer and the Reds were forced to rebuff monstrous nine-figure bids from Barcelona.

That very same transfer saga looks set to resume in the coming days and Kopites will have to pray that their club shows the exact same stubbornness that served them so well in the summer.

One enemy to their cause, however, is none other than ex-Tottenham midfielder Paulinho.

The Brazilian was snapped up by Barcelona this summer to great skepticism but has absolutely smashed it at the Nou Camp so far. Moreover, he was not afraid to admit that he's arranging for his compatriot to follow suit.

Paulinho gave a startlingly honest interview with Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo and openly discussed conversations he's held with Paulinho. It makes for interesting reading, that's for sure.

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"Now, I just have to encourage him (to leave Liverpool) so the transfer can happen," Paulinho declared.

"He knows a lot about the city since he played for Espanyol. I’ve talked to him about the facilities, the training, and the (Barcelona) squad.

"I also told him the way the group first greeted me which was spectacular.

"I make jokes about how people are already looking for a house for (Coutinho) to live in. I’ve been giving him the basic information and the most important information for him and his family.

"Coutinho knows that Barcelona is a very good city that offers everything for him and his family.

"Coutinho knows that there are great players, like (Luis) Suarez, whom he met at Liverpool, waiting for him; he gets along very well with him. He’s a person who always tries to help.

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"Now we have to wait until the transfer can be made in January for him to come here."

Talk about a scary cocktail of enthusiasm and optimism.

Quite how receptive Coutinho was to these conversation is, of course, unknown but it goes to show that Barcelona players are grooming him for the move.

If the summer is anything to go by, though, the ball is very much in Liverpool's court.

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