'I'd be absolutely STAGGERED if Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona in January'

Posted October 13, 2017

Barcelona might struggle to raise the winter funds it would require to tempt Liverpool into selling such a key figure halfway through the season, although claims of a "promise" between them and Coutinho would seek to unsettle any harmony.

Yet despite Grau's comments, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague remains doubtful that Barça will actually submit a bid for the Brazilian in January.

For much of the summer, talk was of Philippe Coutinho's potential Liverpool exit, yet when the transfer window slammed shut the Brazilian remained at Anfield.

With the Reds without another of their key men, Sadio Mane, for Saturday's clash with Manchester United, Liverpool were hoping for a distraction-free week in the build-up to the game.

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News of a winter move would be odd considering Barcelona would still need to beat the offers said to have been made in the summer.

"Of course they are still interested in Coutinho, they've got everything sorted with the player, we've all known that for months".

Former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo believes Philippe Coutinho is a level above his club teammates and would easily fit in at FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"But will they convince Liverpool?".

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"I don't think it's going to happen in January, I don't think they've got intention of making it in January", Balague told Sky Sports, per the Express.

Barcelona's summer interest appeared to have an affect on Coutinho.

It is clear that Liverpool will not entertain offers for their star playmaker, with Coutinho a key part of Klopp's side moving forward.

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