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Barcelona coach Valverde fears Liverpool will block Coutinho deal

Barcelona have concerns of missing out on Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho.

Indeed, the concern is so serious they're drawing up a shortlist of alternatives in the event Liverpool refuse to cave in January.

Sport says Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is preparing for the possibility of not luring the 25-year-old to Barcelona by identifying four alternatives.

Barca will apparently look at Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer from Schalke, plus Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen and Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

Liverpool have also been linked with Goretzka, while Arsenal came close to signing Lemar on transfer deadline day over the summer.

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