Coutinho flattered by Barcelona interest

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

We all know how talented a player the Brazilian magician is, but even by his usual standards, his performance at the London Stadium on Sunday was nothing short of exceptional.

Philippe Coutinho has insisted he has heard "nothing" from Barcelona about a potential transfer this summer.

Origi began the game in a central striking role alongside Sturridge, who marked his first Premier League start since January 2 with a finish of trademark aplomb as he rounded Adrian to sweep in the crucial opening goal on 35 minutes.

West Ham's £20million forward Andre Ayew produced not one but two miss-of-the-season contenders in one go when he hit the post from two yards out, and then prodded the rebound onto the same upright.

"I think he has a lot of talent. He's there in the big moments and for me, he's a joy to play with". "He showed his qualities again for Liverpool and he's very important".

"If they get into the Champions League, they're going to have to get a big squad".

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Their last home win came over Everton on April 1, being held by both Bournemouth and Southampton, as well as losing to Crystal Palace, since.

But Origi said the squad do not see it that way despite the club's stumbling towards the finishing line in recent weeks.

"People were obviously talking about the pressure with results on Saturday", Adam Lallana said after the match when he reflected back on an afternoon that started out with much uncertainty and pressure before ending up with Liverpool and their travelling supporters in a rather triumphant and celebratory mood.

"It will be like a final so we will give it everything".

Stressing his allegiance towards Liverpool, while also expressing his excitement about the prospect of the Reds playing in the Champions League next season, Coutinho added: "I have a contract with Liverpool and there is a good chance for us to be in the Champions League next year".

"I'm very disappointed with the way we played".

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