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Coutinho wanted to seal a summer move to Barcelona but Liverpool stood firm and rejected each bid that came in.

Claims for Spain suggested he could refuse to play in Europe in a bid to ease a move in January.

But he has now come on for the Reds with the score 2-2 against Sevilla.

That means if he did move to Barcelona in January he would not be able to play in the later stages of the Champions League.

Coutinho was devastated the move was blocked after Barcelona upped their bid to £148m.

And he returned to the Liverpool squad today after missing the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday

Coutinho came on for Emre Can for the final 14 minutes as Liverpool battled for a late winner.

Matt Le Tissier reckons Liverpool played a blinder this summer and will get even more money for the Brazil star next year.

“I think to give themselves the best chance possible of succeeding in any of the competitions, you want your best players at your football club,” he said on Sky Sports.

“He’s got a…



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