Coutinho misses Liverpool trip as he pushes for exit

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Coutinho did not travel to the UAE. EFE

Coutinho misses Liverpool trip as he pushes for exit

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 0 7,238

Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona seems imminent after the Liverpool playmaker missed out on the team's trip to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

The Brazilian did not travel with the rest of the squad, staying behind with a reported thigh injury. As speculation grows regarding a renewed bid from Barcelona, Coutinho has been absent from first-team action in recent weeks.

The Catalan giants are preparing a bid of £133m (£97.5m up front, plus £35.5m in add-ons) for their long-term target, who has opted to miss out on the trip to the Middle East as he looks to seal the deal in January.

Liverpool continue to make exhaustive attempts to persuade Coutinho to put off move to the Camp Nou until the summer, but it appears his mind is made up.

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