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Claims Kia behind Coutinho Liverpool transfer demand

Kia Joorabchian has been rumbled as the driver behind Philippe Coutinho demanding a transfer at Liverpool this month.

The Liverpool Echo says according to reports, it was Joorabchian - who also represents Coutinho's fellow countrymen David Luiz and Oscar - who advised the Brazilian to try and force a move to Barcelona despite Liverpool telling their number 10 that he was going nowhere.

Now that it's clear that he will remain at Anfield this summer, there are reports that Coutinho is ready for clear-the-air talks with the club - and his entourage are pointing the finger at Barcelona for manipulating their client over the summer.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp yesterday hinted Barca's pursuit of Coutinho was over.

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