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Philippe Coutinho admits he doesn’t know what the future holds for him as speculation continues to link him to Barcelona.
Liverpool are bracing themselves for another bid from the La Liga club when the January transfer window opens, having rejected all three of their summer offers.
Coutinho himself came under criticism for the manner in which he handled his desire to move to the Nou Camp, but has since regained the respect of fans thanks to his admirable and committed response on the pitch.
Discussing the chances of a move to Barcelona, he told Sky Sports: “I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters.”
“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.”
“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire.”
Praise for Coutinho of late has expanded on his familiar world-class talent, and highlighted the professionalism he has shown to edge ambitions to play for the Catalan club to the back of his mind.
Since the summer transfer disputes, he has swiftly rediscovered his top form and even earned the right to wear the captain’s armband in Wednesday night’s 7-0 Champions League win over Spartak Moscow- in which he scored his first hat-trick for the club.
There can be no outrage for Coutinho wanting to fulfil a boyhood dream, but Reds have good reason to expect the No.10 to stay at least until the end of the season.
With Liverpool having secured a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League and asserted themselves as certain top four contenders in the league, Coutinho has an important charge to lead.