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Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore admits he is unsure of what the future holds for Philippe Coutinho.
Transfer speculation surrounding the Brazilian remains as prominent in the spotlight as the No.10’s regular dose of dominant performances for the Reds.
Barcelona’s interest in Coutinho is expected to resurface in January after the Catalan giants saw three bids, the third worth up to £118million, rejected by Liverpool during the summer.
With the playmaker himself having lodged a formal transfer request prior to the new season, the La Liga club will undoubtedly assume their persistence will eventually pay off.
Though Moore was unable to shed any light on the situation, he did reaffirm the expectation that Jurgen Klopp will have the same squad to work with beyond January.
“As far as I’m concerned, the squad we have right now is the squad that we’re going to have going into January,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, I don’t know what is going to happen, but Philippe Coutinho is a dedicated, intense Liverpool player right now and he is delivering.”
“Maybe ask Jurgen when you see him later this afternoon!”
There’s been little suggestion of owners Fenway Sports Group abandoning their stance that Coutinho will not be sold for any price this season.
To lose him half-way through a campaign would be a speed bump to Liverpool’s explosive attacking form and the team’s fight for a top four finish.
With Coutinho’s performances and the size of Barcelona’s final summer bid in mind, the club has good reason to rebuff any offer below £150million in the current market.
Wednesday’s 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow, regardless of the standard of the opponent, served as the latest instalment of Coutinho’s rise to a world class level.
The feeling remains that he still owes this club at least until the end of the current season. There’s still plenty of work for him to do on Merseyside.