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Philippe Coutinho is edging ever closer to agreeing a move to Barcelona – or so reports from Spain would have you believe.
The unreliable nature of the Catalan press over the summer has since fuelled doubt over any new speculation from Spain surrounding the Coutinho saga.
Liverpool do have good reason, however, to brace themselves for another bombardment of Barcelona bids, with the La Liga leaders fully expected to reignite their efforts to sign the Brazilian.
Coutinho’s agent is scheduled to hold talks with Barcelona on January 3 in an attempt to seal a deal, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
Coutinho’s eventual departure has been perceived as an inevitability by most Reds at this point, although the club still has good reason to stand firm until next summer.
One possibility is the agreement of a deal that will see the No.10 make the switch across to Spain at the end of the season.
Given the fierce battle for a top four spot in the Premier League and Liverpool’s involvement in the Champions League knockout stages, it’s vital Jurgen Klopp keeps hold of his star playmaker beyond the January window.
It also promises to take a mouth-watering fee to lure Coutinho away from Anfield, especially with Barcelona having offered up to £118million back in August.
Unless an immediate replacement has been lined up, the Reds can’t afford to lose Coutinho at this stage of the campaign.
Barcelona have made their interest no secret over the past few months, with Paulinho following a number of teammates in publicly welcoming the signing of Liverpool’s little magician.