Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad against Burnley as speculation mounts over move to Barcelona

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Liverpool stars Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were missing from the starting line-up as the Reds travelled to Burnley for Monday’s Premier League clash.

Brazil forward Coutinho wasn’t risked after picking up a thigh injury, while Egypt winger Salah has suffered a groin problem.

“Phil and Mo aren’t available, that’s why they are not in the squad. They’re both injured and that’s not too cool but that’s how it is,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.

Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike advertised the Spanish club’s shirts with Coutinho’s name on the back on Sunday, sparking renewed talk of a move to the Camp Nou for the Liverpool playmaker.

Coutinho was the subject of failed bids by Barcelona last year who are expected to make another move in January.

The quickly deleted advert on the Nike website read: “Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou.”

This season, Salah has been even more valuable to Liverpool than Coutinho, enjoying a brilliant first season at Anfield featuring 23 goals following his move from Roma last year.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger dismisses squad divide claims

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed claims by Thierry Henry that there are signs of a divide in his squad.

Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, made the comments in his role as a pundit on Sky Sports after it was noticeable that only a few of Alexis Sanchez’s team-mates celebrated his goals with him in the 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace.

The Chile international appeared annoyed by this and even beckoned them over to join him – to no avail.

Henry suggested it was a sign that all is not well at the club but Wenger has refuted the comments, saying his former captain cannot be insightful all the time.

“I don’t know, I don’t listen to what he says and other people says,” said Wenger following the draw at West Brom on New Year’s Eve.

“We focus on our own problems, that’s the only thing.

“There are people who are paid to talk, it’s difficult sometimes when you are paid to talk, to talk, to talk and only say things that are true and intelligent.”

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Who will be the next Premier League manager to be sacked?

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Following a 5-0 drubbing away to Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League, Mark Hughes’ future as Stoke City boss is in serious doubt with the Potters languishing in 15th spot in the table.

So far, six managers have been dismissed this term with many more the subject of intense speculation over their futures.

Here, we look back at how this season has unfolded, managerial-wise.

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