Barcelona target Coutinho refuses to commit his future to Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho has pledged to continue to do his best for Liverpool but refused to commit his future to the club.

The Brazil international was frustrated when his transfer request was rejected in the summer as the club rebuffed three bids from Barcelona.

Since then speculation has continued to encircle the 25-year-old, who captained the side and scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow which booked their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League, with his Catalan suitors reportedly ready to make another approach.

“I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters,” said Coutinho, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances this season.

“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.

“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.

“Of course a lot happened in the summer but my will is always to play and do the best wherever I am – that has not changed.

“I am here (at Liverpool), we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help.”

Coutinho’s hat-trick was his first for the club and he hailed the achievement of making the latter stages of the Champions League as a significant moment.

“It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool,” he added.

“For sure this is my most important hat-trick. In the Champions League it was my first one, I scored one for Brazil but this was more important.”

Hat-trick hero Coutinho is committed to doing his best for Liverpool.

Hat-trick hero Coutinho is committed to doing his best for Liverpool.

Defender Joe Gomez believes Europe’s top clubs have every reason to fear Liverpool.

They finished the group stage with 23 goals – second-highest in the all-time list behind Paris St Germain’s 25 from the current campaign – and although they avoided the likes of PSG and Barcelona, potential last-16 opponents include Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid.

“We believe we can beat anyone and we have to have that mentality,” said Gomez.

“We have great quality and they can be scared of us the same way we can be wary of them so that’s good.”

Liverpool have kept seven clean sheets in their last 12 matches and that could come in handy when they host Merseyside rivals Everton and their new manager Sam Allardyce on Sunday.

“I think they will probably be fired up and motivated,” said Gomez.

“I think we have seen some teams come to Anfield and sit off but I think with the derby I don’t think they’ll come too defensive-minded.

“We want people to come here and for it to be difficult for them to score and hopefully we can continue that.”

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Chelsea's Hazard, get Liverpool's Coutinho

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2529004-595062.

Another round of Premier League action is upon us and it’s time to turn our attention to our Fantasy Premier League teams ahead of this weekend.

It’s derby weekend this time as Liverpool and Everton contest the Merseyside derby while Manchester United and Manchester City lock horns as well in what is also a top-of-the-table clash.

Chelsea travel to West Ham, Arsenal to Southampton and Tottenham host Stoke City.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 16.

CAPTAIN – EDEN HAZARD | CHELSEA |10.8M

After a disaster in Gameweek 14 where Eden Hazard was my pick but was benched against Swansea, I decided to keep the faith and it paid off in the last round.

The Belgian scored twice and picked up three bonus points, adding up to 15 points that doubled to 30.

This week, I’m tempted to go with the Chelsea star yet again. He was excellent in the second half against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League as well, creating the chance that led to a Stefan Savic own goal.

He looks like he’s at the very top of his game and could really have had four of five goals against Newcastle but for some excellent shot-stopping by Karl Darlow.

He’s still only owned by around 13% of managers and it’s advisable to take full advantage of this differential while it lasts. Remember, Harry Kane (12.8m) is stilled owned by over 37% while Mohammed Salah (9.9m) has over 54% ownership.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

ALTERNATIVES

MOHAMED SALAH has provided a goal, assist or more in the last seven GWs straight. That’s phenomenal form and makes him a dream FPL midfielder to own. Everton could put up a fight this week but on this form, you’d back Salah against any opposition.

HARRY KANE (12.8m) was afforded a good rest in midweek and should be fresh when Stoke visit Wembley this weekend. It’s hard to see The Potters keeping a clean sheet away from home this season and so Kane should score. Unlike Salah or Hazard though, he is far from his best at the moment and doesn’t look set to rip a defence to shreds like he has in the past.

BOLD CHOICE

WAYNE ROONEY (7.3m) looks set for starring role at Everton, especially with Sam Allardyce in the picture now. He’s playing in midfield but at this stage of his career, he’s more likely to score goals making late runs into the box than if he were to lead the line. How he would love a goal against Liverpool to help his side win at Anfield in the league for the first time in 18 years.

TWO INS

PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOL  | 8.9M

Step aside, Mo Salah! Well, not quite. The Egyptian is still on fire. But Philippe Coutinho is red-hot form as well. He provided three assists and a goal in GW15, scoring 18 points and followed that up with a hat-trick in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow.

Liverpool have the Merseyside Derby next up and while the Brazilian may not be nailed on to score against the Toffees, the following fixtures are pretty inviting.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

MAMADOU SAKHO | CRYSTAL PALACE  | 4.9M

With Roy Hodgson making an impact on Crystal Palace now, they’ve gotten far better defensively, conceding just six in their last six games. Mamadou Sakho’s been central to that form, scoring 28 points in the last three GWs including one goal and two clean sheets. He’s also a front-runner for bonus points.

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho

TWO OUTS

LEROY SANE| MANCHESTER CITY | 8.8M

It’s hard to let go of a player who had five double-figure hauls over seven GWs but it seems as if Leroy Sane’s purple patch has run out. He’s blanked in four of the last five GWs and has the Manchester Derby this Sunday. There’s also Raheem Sterling to consider who is 0.5m cheaper.

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane

PAUL POGBA | MANCHESTER UNITED | 8.0M

Just when so many managed to bring him in as well! Paul Pogba is a frustrating one. Having just returned from injury, he showed some great form but his sending off against Arsenal means he will sit out of the following three rounds. With the number of midfield options at the moment, it doesn’t make sense to hold on to the Frenchman.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

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Man United deny Man City's camera crew access for Amazon documentary

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Manchester United have refused Manchester City‘s request to bring their own camera crew into the away dressing room at Old Trafford for Sunday’s blockbuster Premier League clash, reports said Thursday.

The move could add spice to a match that Jose Mourinho‘s United dare not lose if they are to retain any realistic hope of reeling in Pep Guardiola‘s flying side, eight points clear at the top of the table.

Amazon are following City for a behind-the-scenes documentary about the club’s 2017-18 campaign, which will be screened next year as part of a reported £10 million deal.

Britain’s Times newspaper said City were understood to have made a formal request to United and the Premier League for the Amazon crew to be given access to the tunnel area and away dressing room at Old Trafford, but it had been denied due to insufficient space.

According to the report, United have granted permission for a pitch-side camera to film the warm-up.

The Times said United’s stance would be welcomed by the Premier League’s existing rights-holders, including Sky Sports and BT Sport, who have reportedly privately expressed irritation at the access City are granting to a commercial rival.

Amazon are muscling into sports broadcasting, recently winning the UK rights to show the US Open tennis and ATP Tour and sparking concerns among the established broadcasters that the Premier League may be in their sights.

The American tech giant has already produced two series of a documentary programme called “All Or Nothing”, which follows the fortunes of NFL teams the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.

In October, Italian giants Juventus announced they will feature in a four-part documentary series produced by Netflix in 2018.

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