Report: Barcelona preparing fresh bid for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

From the four pots eight groups will be drawn from A-H with the opening clash featuring hosts Russia to be played on June 14.

And 'team' is the crucial word there because the dependency on Neymar has been dialled down.

Willian and his fellow Brazilian Coutinho share an agent, Giuliano Bertolucci.

Behind that trio is balance.

The giants' protracted interest in Coutinho resulted in them tabling three offers in the summer - all of which were knocked back by Liverpool.

"At the moment, Coutinho is not one of my players".

In reality, the one most supporters want to win the most is the Merseyside Derby, coming the Sunday following the Spartak match.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is said to be ready to break the bank to secure the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool once the transfer window reopens in January.

Undoubtedly the best side Europe has to offer, Jogi Low has overseen a successful squad overhaul following the international retirements of vital veterans Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Per Mertesacker.

Crucially, Germany now have a strength they've seldom had - pace. It's damaging to us to discuss these things when the market is closed.

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They ended the qualification campaign perfect but no team has defended the World Cup since Pele's Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

And Barcelona now want him to be their midfield lynchpin and heir to Xavi.

"But let's not get ahead of ourselves".

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media for the latest news and transfer rumours.

The depth of French talent is simply ludicrous. "A lot of things could happen", Klopp said.

From youth to experience, to skill and organisation, Les Bleus are a force to be reckoned with.

Barca have been trying to renew Sergi's contract but that has not happened as yet.

Some people also hate the sound of laughter and enjoy pouring salt on their own wounds.

Obviously Liverpool have more talent than they did last year. They still have too little talent though. SPORT went with the more intriguing "La Operacion Coutinho - Al Descubierto [Operation Coutinho Uncovered]". Coutinho has hardly hidden his desire to join Lionel Messi at Barcelona. "He's making good progress with his recovery".

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