Barcelona to battle Liverpool for Monaco's Thomas Lemar

Philippe Coutinho

STREAMABLE GETTY Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant goal for Brazil amid Barcelona interest

Liverpool were adamant from the outset that they would not entertain any bids for Philippe Coutinho.

Even more sensational is the fact that Coutinho scored this goal, ensuring a first place finish for Brazil in CONMEBOL qualifying, despite living in a moment that Neymar described as being of "a very great sadness".

Earlier on Thursday, Paraguay's president said the country was joining with Argentina and Uruguay to bid for the tournament, with Chile also reportedly set to join.

The paper claims Liverpool may be open to selling Coutinho after the World Cup in Russia next summer however.

Los Amarillos have drawn one and lost eight of their previous encounters with Brazil, but experienced midfielder Pedro Quinonez remains upbeat about their qualification chances.

Suarez lasted 83 minutes against Argentina but then fell to the ground clutching his right leg before limping off to be replaced by Cristiani Stuani. We've got a top player and we don't want to become a team that sells their best players - and they've stood their ground.

Philippe Coutinho
GETTY The Brazilian looks set to stay at Anfield

Here, we assess six of the biggest failed transfers of the window and assess whether the players involved will be welcomed back into the fold at their clubs. He will have to work through his own patches of inconsistency to show the world that he really was worth all that fuss and money.

Liverpool supporters will surely be relieved that Barcelona have finally given up on signing Coutinho this summer.

With the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, there has been an active approach to ridding the club of this tag and restoring the Reds to Europe's finest.

Jesus should have opened the scoring in the 57th minute when a pinpoint cross from Dani Alves picked him out at the far post.

Seeking a goal, Brazil boss Tite introduced Coutinho before the hour-mark - his first playing time of the 2017-18 season - but it was Paulinho who broke the deadlock. Is he going to sign for Barcelona?

Albert Soler, Barca's director of institutional relations, said the club's under-fire board would not put the future of the institution at risk by bending to excessive demands.

More news: US Dollar Index and Treasury Yields Are Strong on August 31

Últimas noticias