Coutinho: No pre-contract agreement with Barcelona

Coutinho: No pre-contract agreement with Barcelona

Now I'm here and I'll give my best, as always.

Coutinho admits that he still respects the Liverpool supporters and always will. "When you go to the market and clubs know that you have a lot of money, the requests were exorbitant".

"But it is also a great honour being here".

Bartomeu also commented on the future of club captain Andres Iniesta who, he says, has the power to decide how long he wants to wear the Barcelona shirt.

The midfielder made his first start of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Burnley, and in an interview with ESPN Brasil, he spoke diplomatically about his "complicated" summer.

"So what I can do is work hard and honour that on the field".

"In four or five years I've never had any problems with anybody here: the fans, teammates, the board, the coaching staff".

Richardson added that Coutinho "now fears his dream Camp Nou move is scuppered" as the Catalans' attention has moved on to Mane. As I have said, in life, in every job you get an offer, interested or not.

Having managed to keep Barca from snapping up Coutinho, Liverpool may now be faced with another challenge to keep hold of Mane.

It was his absence through the African Cup of Nations that put an end to the team's good form last season and ended their title run.

The 25-year-old has improved even further since arriving at Anfield from Southampton in 2016.

"We made seven changes but we still played really fluent, offensive football, dominant football".

However, Mane's Liverpool contract now runs to 2021, and it seems highly likely that, as with Coutinho, the Reds will refuse to sell one of their star players to Barca no matter the bid.

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