Coutinho refuses to rule out Liverpool exit

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Liverpool progress into the last 16 as group winners and with Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino fronting their attack, they have a great chance of going far.

The five-time European champions took the lead in the fourth minute with a Coutinho penalty after Salah was pulled down by Georgi Dzhikiya.

Speaking to UOL, he said: "I don't know, nobody knows what the future will be like, what happens in January, we will know in January". However, it was the first defeat for Pep Guardiola's side in any competition this season in 15 games.

"If he is slightly off the front line, he will get more time and that makes him more dangerous". And the player's quotes weren't the only thing that teased with a move last night.

"I am at Liverpool and whenever I have the opportunity to get on the pitch I give my best, with a lot of respect for this shirt and the fans". In the hours since the game, rumours have resurfaced linking him with a big-money January move to Barcelona.

Premier League				Golazo de Coutinho emulando a Ronaldinho
Premier League Golazo de Coutinho emulando a Ronaldinho

Coutinho completed his hat trick three minutes later by firing in a shot that deflected off Salvatore Bocchetti and flew inside the near post, leaving Selikhov wrong-footed. It seems a stretch, though, to see the club happily agreeing his January sale, which could mean that another major distraction for Klopp and the club is on the horizon. Firmino raced onto the loose ball and curled home a shot with the outside of his right foot.

After being sidelined for the start of the campaign the 25-year-old has found his magical touch once again, as portrayed by his hat-trick against Spartak Moscow.

The journalist who wrote the story says he 'suspects' that this is all happening because Liverpool didn't let the star leave for Barcelona in the summer. The Brazilian wants to depart Anfield, and it will be the best option for both the player and the club to part ways happily.

Reports in Spain had suggested that Messi had asked Barca to end their interest in Coutinho and instead look to bring in a new defender to bolster Ernesto Valverde's first-team squad.