Those comments will be music to the ears of Barca fans who came tantalisingly close to seeing the Brazilian in their club's colours in the summer, only for Liverpool's firm resistance to several bids eventually winning through.
Sturridge's clash with Matip was a more competitive affair with the defender emerging the 2-1 winner after keeping his nerve/failing to understand: 'What's my favourite Christmas song?
Coutinho refused to give assurances about his future after the match as he admitted he 'did not know' what will happen in the January transfer window amid renewed interest from Spanish giants Barcelona. When the Brazilian's phone started ringing, former Norwegian striker Jan Aage Fjortoft - who was conducting the interview - joked that it was Barcelona calling.
Despite Liverpool's electric attacking start this season, Owen believes that the attack of four seasons ago has the edge, largely due to the Uruguayan talisman that spearheaded the attack.
This January transfer market will force Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to weigh up what they value and whether losing Coutinho is worth that prize, with Ferdinand backing the star to deserve such a hefty cost.
Liverpool had failed to score its last four penalties at Anfield, including attempts by Firmino and James Milner in the Champions League.
"I am here (at Liverpool), we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help".
With betting suspended on his proposed move to Catalonia, it's looking increasingly likely that he's going to up stakes and make a move for the continent. The club, of course, have a strong footing at the negotiating table for a player who signed a five-year contract less than 12 months ago.
The Brazilian star, who scored a hat-trick against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League last night, was then asked by UOL about his permanence in Anfield.
Coutinho: "Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed, I have played with will and desire". Would Coutinho be needed to get them over the line?
"For sure this is my most important hat-trick".
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