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Wantaway Liverpool star Coutinho dazzles Brazilian futsal league as a youngster

Liverpool have rejected several offers from Barcelona for Coutinho, which has led the Brazilian to hand in a transfer request as he attempts to force a move away from Merseyside.

Scouts across the world will be familiar with the 25-year-old’s dazzling ball control and ability to find the net from outside the box, which left him an impressive haul of 13 goals season.

But some will not be so familiar with his ability as a youngster, but thanks to throwback footage uploaded by his first club Vasco da Gama in Brazil you can now admire his skills while playing futsal.

Philippe Coutinho plied his trade at the Rio de Janerio club before making the move to Inter Milan in Italy.

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Liverpool news: Philippe Coutinho dazzles in youth futsal league

In the impressive footage, the Brazilian can be seen dancing his way around defenders and scoring with cool finishes as he leaves opposition players in his wake.

Rodney Concalves, Coutinho’s former youth coach at Vasco, said Coutinho was once considered ahead of Neymar – who he is seemingly going to replace at Barca – when his country looked to its next generation.

In 2016, he said: “Coutinho can be compared to Neymar, but Coutinho is Coutinho. He can become…

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