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No one at the club has commented on it because they don't want to steer attention away from the pitch, where the team are competing for three titles. Coach Ernesto Valverde, fed up of questions about the Brazilian, has repeated that "he is an important player for us and can help us a lot." It's a line he will stick to.
But the evidence is what it is and Coutinho's performances, coupled with his gesture in the Champions League game against United, have creared a delicate situation. One of the Premier League side's top six have him in their sights in the case that Eden Hazard moves to Real Madrid, which now seems unavoidable. Only FIFA will be able to stop them moving for the ex-Liverpool man, in fact.[sport]