Coutinho shrugs off move away

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has played down reports linking him with a summer move away from the club amid Barcelona speculation.

The Brazil international was a key component behind the Reds top four Premier League finish and earlier this month admitted he was ‘happy’ to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

"A lot of people ask me about that, but I have contract with Liverpool,” Coutinho told ESPN.

“I've just signed a long-term contract, so the speculation stays with you, journalists.

"The team is playing well, so all the players involved have a piece on that.

"I'm glad with the victory, which was important for us to get the spot at Champions League, and finish the season scoring is important.

"Now I have two games with Brazilian national team and I'll prepare myself to do well."

The 24-year-old netted 13 goals this campaign with much of the speculation regarding a move to Barca centred around his friendship with international teammate Neymar.

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