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Liverpool star ready to step in for Neymar at Copa America

Coutinho will come into the team for the suspended Neymar. Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho is ready to step in for the suspended Neymar when Brazil continue their quest for a quarter-final spot at the Copa America in Sunday's game against Venezuela.

Barcelona forward Neymar was handed a four-match ban by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) for his role in the post-game fracas which followed Wednesday's Group C defeat against Colombia.

Brazil coach Dunga has been training with Coutinho as Neymar's replacement, and the Liverpool man is confident the Selecao can advance without their star man.

"Like the rest of my team-mates in the national squad, I am ready to occupy Ney's place in the game against Venezuela," Coutinho said.

"Neymar is a terrific player, but I am prepared - we all are. We are going to overcome his absence to go on the next stage.

"Venezuela are tactically very good and they mark in a strong way. But, in Brazil, we all have the determination to play well and look for the triumph."


£6.8m midfielder returns to Liverpool

Alberto is returning to Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto will return to Anfield after his two-year loan deal with Malaga was cut short by the Spanish club, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Alberto cost Liverpool £6.8million from Sevilla in the summer of 2013 and is unlikely to feature in Brendan Rodgers' plans this season.

The 22-year-old made just six starts in La Liga last season and looks likely to be on the move again this summer.

Rio blasts 'overpriced' English players

Rio Ferdinand says that English footballers are so overpriced it's a 'joke'.

The former Man Utd defender posted the following message on Twitter after Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham's Harry Kane have been linked with big money moves to Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.

It looks as though Raheem Sterling would cost City £50m and Harry Kane would cost United £40m - whereas two of the Premier League's outstanding players in Sergio Aguero, who cost just £38m and Alexis Sanchzez, who Arsenal paid £32m for - would perhaps represent better value for money.


Defender reveals why he turned down Liverpool

Kjaer has joined Fenerbahce. Credit: PA

Simon Kjaer has revealed that he turned down a move to Liverpool in favour of a move to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce because he wants to 'win trophies'.

The Danish defender joined Fenerbahce from Lille this week and took a swipe at the Reds on completing his move.

"Liverpool wanted me, but I want championships, I want to win trophies,” the 26-year-old told Haber Turk.

"Fenerbahce's goals this season are big, and it was explained to me very well."

Man City increase bid for Liverpool star Sterling

Raheem Sterling has already been the subject of one bid. Credit: PA

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Manchester City have made an increased offer of £40million for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.

The Premier League runners-up had a bid of around £25million rejected by the Anfield outfit last week, but are hopefully this extra cash could sway them.

Liverpool, however, are hoping for a fee closer to £50million.

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