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What Philippe Coutinho has told Liverpool about his future will really infuriate fans

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It's Groundhog Day for Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho.

Throughout the summer, reports of Barcelona's interest and bids for the Brazilian were everywhere and now, with the January window officially open, they are back in full force.

Coutinho has been in sparkling form for the Reds in the first half of the season, which has probably only further enhanced Barca's interest.

Despite the fact he would be cup-tied for the Champions League, the Blaugrana want to get him before the summer.

There are talks of the La Liga leaders preparing an enormous bid for the Brazilian's services and it looks more and more likely that they will finally get their way this time around.

One of the big talking points yesterday was Coutinho's absence from Liverpool's squad to face Burnley.

It was apparently injury related, but it also seemed very convenient, particularly after the whole fiasco surrounding Nike advertising the Brazilian as a Barca player.

And now, Spanish publication Sport has made a pretty shocking claim about Coutinho's commitment to Liverpool.

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They report that the midfield maestro has informed the Reds that he has played his last game for the club and will not be taking part in the upcoming fixtures against Everton and Manchester City, despite shaking off his 'knock'.

It's a pretty bold claim, one that would paint an incredibly negative picture of the player Liverpool fans have praised for his professional attitude so far this season.

If it is true, surely Jurgen Klopp and the club would be better of cashing in while Barca's bid will easily exceed the £100m mark?

Sky Sports' Guillem Balague also provided an update on Coutinho's situation, stating that remaining with Liverpool is the 'very last option'.

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With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all their to provide the attacking flair for Klopp, losing Coutinho for an enormous fee would not the biggest blow the club has suffered.

Naby Keita will arrive in the summer and the money received for the Brazilian will help them rebuild their defence, particularly covering the £75m paid for Virgil van Dijk.

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