Barcelona are reportedly set to reduce their offer for Philippe Coutinho when the transfer window re-opens in January.
The Catalan club failed with three bids for the Brazilian in the summer, with Liverpool owner’s Fenway Sport Group refusing to sell their star asset for any price.
Coutinho himself handed in a transfer request in order to push for a move, but saw it have little impact on the club’s stance.
He has since returned to action and worked admirably in a difficult period for the club- contributed to by Sunday’s embarrasing 4-1 defeat to Tottenham.
Barcelona will return for Coutinho after the turn of the year and will table a £71million (€80m) bid for the No.10, reports Sky Sports’ La Liga expert Guillem Balague.
Having lodged an offer worth up to £118million in August, anything below £100million promises to hit as a borderline insult to Liverpool.
Nevertheless, Reds fans won’t be arguing with such a toothless attempt if it means Coutinho stays put until at least the end of the season.
The likelihood is that he will remain on Merseyside, especially given how key he will be to helping Klopp’s men get their season back on track.
For a lot of supporters, the shambolic defensive performance against Tottenham has served as the latest justification for Coutinho seeking a move to the next level.