Liverpool to resist Barcelona's renewed Coutinho approach

Philippe Coutinho

We will be ready to recruit in January.

"We are financially prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January", Barcelona Chief Executive Officer Oscar Grau said at a press conference on Wednesday.

"Money, is there. What we want is to have the best team possible".

It's hardly surprising that Barcelona's interest in Coutinho hasn't wavered.

The 25-year-old has scored in his last three appearances for the Reds and will carry even greater responsibility for his team with Sadio Mane sidelined for up to six weeks by a hamstring injury suffered on worldwide duty with Senegal.

The Times' Paul Joyce, elaborating on Grau's comments, said that "Liverpool will be angered" by Barcelona's renewed efforts.

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho could reportedly complete a midseason move to Barcelona after being "promised" a January move to the Camp Nou following his failed attempt to secure a summer exit.

While their stance regarding the player remains officially unchanged with the club adamant they will not part with him midway through a season, Coutinho is still understood to be keen on a move to Spain. The midfielder missed Liverpool's opening matches of the new season due to a reported back injury, only to score for Brazil when he joined up with the Selecao for worldwide duty.

Coutinho has since found the back of the net in his next two games against Russian side Spartak Moscow and promoted side Newcastle United.

Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to the Catalan giants in the last transfer window, but the Premier League outfit insisted they were not going to sell the player.

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