Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho reacts to Barcelona transfer speculation

Liverpool’s star man has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has reassured the club’s supporters by insisting he is happy at Anfield and focused amid speculation over a move to Barcelona, the Sun report.

According to a recent report in The Sunday People, the La Liga giants were said to be keen on the Brazil international and his growing friendship with Neymar has further sparked speculation.

Coutinho, however, has moved to eliminate such rumours by telling reporters for The Sun that he’s happy on Merseyside and is only thinking about Liverpool’s challenges ahead starting with Everton.

“I heard what Neymar said on the internet, but I want to do well with Liverpool. I am happy here and I hope this season will go well for us,” Coutinho was quoted as saying.

“Of course, it is a nice thing he said, everyone knows he’s my friend. But I’m focused on Liverpool to help them do good things on the pitch, starting with beating Everton on Sunday.”

Growing influence:

Following the departures of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard over the past 15 months, the list of genuine world class quality at Anfield has decreased somewhat.

Some could argue Philippe Coutinho is the only remaining player worthy of such status - or at least as close to what the club have which can be considered good enough for elite level competition.

As such, the burden and expectations have since fallen on his shoulders and the Reds now look to him with increasing regularity to influence the side through creativity and genuine quality.

While this may bring out a better Coutinho, it will also place him in the spotlight and could possibly propel him to the forefront of Europe’s heavyweights seeking a new dynamic playmaker.

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