We are ready to buy Coutinho in January - Barcelona chief warns Liverpool

We are ready to buy Coutinho in January - Barcelona chief warns Liverpool

We are ready to buy Coutinho in January - Barcelona chief warns Liverpool

Liverpool are understood to be furious with Barcelona after they publicly declared their intentions to try and sign Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp needs to build a Liverpool defence worthy of Philippe Coutinho, Garth Crooks has claimed.

The La Liga giants had three bids rejected for the Brazilian last summer - the last of which was in the region £112m.

"Right now there is nothing planned for the January window".

"What we want is to have the most competitive squad possible. We weren't going to give €200m or €150m - we chose to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m, with add-ons it could have reached €120m".

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However, there is no indication of what such a bid would be although the report does suggests it would be similar to those lodged during summer, thought to be €110m, of which €80m was paid up front.

According to The Mirror, Barcelona are now ready to return for Coutinho in January after missing out on him in the summer. There's no benefit to Liverpool agreeing to such a scenario, it would be naive, simply pushing the problem to January... unless it was an outright lie and they'll deal with the consequences after Christmas.

Coutinho has already fulfilled his part of the deal after he feature in the first two Champions League games of the campaign against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, scoring against the Russian club in a 1-1 draw.

It would be a big move, swapping his homeland for Brazil, but if Coutinho does move on he may find it hard to replace a man he is likely to idolise given the latter's own journey.

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