Sport WATCH: Coutinho's cheeky free-kick

05:51  03 december  2017
05:51  03 december  2017 Source:   skysports.com

Barcelona linked with surprise move for Bernardo Silva

  Barcelona linked with surprise move for Bernardo Silva Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is already being linked with a move away from the club. According to a report from Spanish news outlet Diario Gol, the City winger is a target for Barcelona, who fear they will be priced out of a move for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. The Catalan giants have long been chasing Coutinho and were stifled by the Reds in their attempts to sign him in the summer. Barca made bids in excess of £100 million but Liverpool remained keen to keep hold of their prized asset. Although it looks likely that Ernesto Valverde’s men will return for Coutinho in the January transfer window, Diario Gol reports that alternatives are being weighed up. This includes Bernardo Silva. The Portugal international joined Pep Guardiola’s side only months ago in the summer window for a fee reported to be worth £43 million. However, he has since found himself struggling for game time on a consistent basis. The form of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling has made things difficult for Silva, who possesses an undeniably huge amount of ability. Although the 23-year-old has shown glimmers of quality and is admired by Guardiola, he will surely be growing frustrated with the shortage of opportunities. However, City will undoubtedly be keen to keep hold of Silva, who boasts huge quality and potential.

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Philippe Coutinho produced another moment of brilliance as his free-kick helped Liverpool to a thumping 5-1 win at Brighton.

The Reds moved into the top four of the Premier League for the first time since August after making it 15 goals in their past four away games in all competitions with a comfortable victory at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton were 3-0 down after two Roberto Firmino goals followed up Emre Can's opener but a Glenn Murray penalty sparked fears of a repeat of Sevilla's comeback from three goals down last month.

But Coutinho eased any concerns by scoring with a cute low free-kick which flummoxed the Brighton defenders in the wall, jumping as the midfielder's strike fizzed underneath and beyond Mathew Ryan.

Hit the link above to watch Coutinho's brilliant strike to end Brighton's hopes of a revival.

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Christian Benteke's 12-game goal drought went on as he defied orders and missed a last-gasp penalty for Crystal Palace.Christian Benteke's 12-game goal drought went on as he defied orders and missed a last-gasp penalty for Crystal Palace in their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

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