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Coutinho's Barcelona move 'practically done' as Brazilian won't play for Liverpool again: reports

Liverpool fans may well have seen Philippe Coutinho in a red shirt for the final time, according to reports in Spain.

Sport.es have claimed that Coutinho's €150 million move to Barcelona is 'practically done' and that the player will not risk any injury setback. The report says that the transfer is expected to be completed in the early part of the transfer window and that Jurgen Klopp is already planning for the club's next fixtures without the Brazilian. Coutinho missed Liverpool's New Year's Day win over Burnley, officially due to a muscle injury, and is also considered a doubt for Friday's FA Cup derby against Everton.

Speculation surrounding a January move increased over the weekend after Nike reportedly advertised a Barcelona shirt for sale with the Brazilian's name on it.

Social media lit up with screen grabs of the official Nike website showing the offer in several different languages.

Headlined 'Where the magic happens', the page, which is no longer on the website, continued with the message: "Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou."

Nike sponsors both Barcelona and Coutinho, who wears the sportswear giant's boots.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in August after La Liga leaders Barcelona had a bid for the Brazilian rejected, but the Reds turned down a further two offers, with owners Fenway Sports Group publicly stating he was not for sale.

The 25-year-old missed the start of the season with a back problem but has been in outstanding form recently, scoring seven goals in his last eight games.

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