Jurgen Klopp has been assured he’ll have every penny of Philippe Coutinho’s transfer fee available to reinvest- if the Brazilian leaves.
Barcelona look set to reignite their efforts to sign the No.10 in January having endured a frustrating summer-long pursuit and seen three bids rejected by the Reds.
Liverpool are bracing themselves for a tempting offer, with the Catalan giants likely to bid upwards of the £118million they tabled for Coutinho in August.
Owners Fenway Sports Group have promised Klopp the ability to use all of the expected £130million offer, if Coutinho does depart in the winter, reports the Mirror.
Those funds would undoubtedly go towards strengthening the Reds’ defence, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk having been highlighted as the priority target.
The Dutchman topped Klopp’s wishlist in the summer and even handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to Anfield.
His and Liverpool’s hopes were dashed early on, however, when Southampton lodged a complaint against an alleged illegal approach.
Familiar defensive frailties have hurt the Reds dearly this season, meaning investing heavily in bolstering the back four remains key regardless of how Coutinho’s situation pans out.
A large bulk of any fee for Coutinho would also go towards taking on the difficult task of replacing the 25-year-old, who arguably remains to be Klopp’s star man.