Coutinho downplays Barca move

The talented Brazilian is reportedly one of Barca’s transfer targets this transfer window, yet with five years left on his contract, the 25-year-old says he’s happy and comfortable on Merseyside.

"Talking about this is complicated because I have a contract with my club and it is long," Coutinho told reporters.

"So my focus is on the present and the national team. My focus is here.

"In Liverpool I feel really comfortable. So everybody knows my work there. The director, my boss knows what I'm doing there.

"I work hard too here with the national squad. Every time here is different for me, I try to be better, improve my football and still try to get my place.”

Coutinho was handed the national team armband ahead of the Selecao’s friendly against Australia, and was honoured to have received the best birthday gift.

"Being captain another level for me and today [Monday] is my birthday so it's a special moment for me,” he said.

"It is a huge responsibility for me. We have some of the best players in the world."