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Lucas Leiva forced to deny playing part in Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona

The former Liverpool star is close friends with his Brazilian compatriot

Philippe Coutinho is effectively a Barcelona player.

The Brazilian magician will be officially unveiled as the Catalans giants’ club-record signing on Monday ahead of his £145m switch.

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Coutinho is effectively a Barcelona player

Coutinho’s dream move is finally a reality after months of negotiations following a number of rejected bids in the summer.

And in an interview with the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old has revealed he has received support and words of congratulations from several current and former Premier League stars.

As well as phone calls from David Luiz and Willian, former Liverpool team-mate Lucas Leiva Facetimed Coutinho during the last legs of negotiations.

Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva were in full celebrations too

Lucas and Coutinho are close friends

During their conversation Lucas tells Coutinho: “Missing the Champions League means you will be fresh for the World Cup, my friend.

“It’s not ideal, but you have to look at things positively.”

Refreshing words of advice from a good friend – but some Liverpool fans took offence and questioned Lucas’ role in the transfer.

Lucas Leiva has left Liverpool for Serie A side Lazio

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Lucas moved to Lazio in the summer

One Reds’ supporter took to social media to interrogate the Anfield cult hero, prompting him into a response:

Lucas denies he encouraged Coutinho at all

Lucas denies he encouraged Coutinho at all

Lucas reiterates his stance

Lucas reiterates his stance

Lucas is a hugely popular figure after his ten years on Merseyside which ended with a move to Lazio in the summer.

And while a handful of Liverpool fans voiced concerns with his role, it has to be said the majority still fully support him.


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