Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring against Panama during a U-20 World Cup group E soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Philippe Coutinho shuts down Liverpool exit rumours while away with Brazil

Philippe Coutinho was once again asked about a potential Barcelona move, but instead reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool.

Not for the first time, Philippe Coutinho has been pressed on a possible move to La Liga with Barcelona.

And, in a response sure to please Reds fans everywhere, he refused to entertain any chance of moving on, insisting his focus lay with national team duty and that he “feels really comfortable” at Anfield.

The Brazilian playmaker is set to captain his nation against Australia on Tuesday, a further sign of his growth and maturity as a player as he turns 25.

His best years are yet ahead of him—and they’ll be at Anfield, if his response to questioning is anything to go by, as reported by FourFourTwo.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia in action against Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Talking about [Barcelona’s interest] is complicated because I have a contract with my club and it is long.

So my focus is on the present and the national team. My focus is here.

In Liverpool I feel really comfortable. So everybody knows my work there. The director, my boss knows what I’m doing there.

I work hard too here with the national squad. Every time here is different for me, I try to be better, improve my football and still try to get my place. I think when he arrived he gave us confidence.

The team has grown up and we started to win matches. Now we are at another level. Being captain another level for me and today [Monday] is my birthday so it’s a special moment for me.

It is a huge responsibility for me. We have some of the best players in the world.

Coutinho was one of Liverpool’s best performers in 2016/17 once again, and now he’ll have the chance to prove his talents on the elite stage after the Reds qualified for the UEFA Champions League next season.

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