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Coutinho agent fuels Liverpool talk

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Philippe Coutinho (Supplied)
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Cape Town - Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho's agent says that 'Liverpool lies very deeply in his heart', fuelling speculation that the Brazilian might rejoin Liverpool.

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona under a cloud after he pushed for a move away from Anfield, but the move has not gone to plan and he has struggled for action.

There has been talk of a return to Liverpool or even Manchester United or Chelsea, but his agent Kia Joorabchian says a move to the latter two is unlikely.

He has also said Barca have no intention of selling anyway, meaning a return to Liverpool is also off the agenda for now.

"We had a meeting last week with the president [Josep] Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale," he said.

"I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart.

"He was a big fan of them throughout the campaign.

"He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint."

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