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Philippe Coutinho has reportedly informed his camp of the likely time-frame for his proposed move to Barcelona.
The Brazilian remains a priority target for the Catalan giants after becoming subject to three bids in the summer- all of which were rejected by Liverpool.
Coutinho himself was denied his wish to join the La Liga club after lodging a formal transfer request a day before the club’s opening Premier League game against Watford.
Liverpool have since displayed no signs to suggest they will be prepared to alter their stance and allow Coutinho to leave when the transfer re-opens after the turn of the year.
Coutinho has consequently told his inner circle of friends that he believes a January move is unlikely, and that he remains hopeful that Barcelona will retain their interest next summer, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
First and foremost, it seems impossible to believe Coutinho has opened up on when he expects to join Barcelona and when he doesn’t. Even if he has, the Spanish press certainly wouldn’t be first to know about it.
With Barcelona cruising at the top of La Liga, Liverpool have good reason to demand ridiculous money if the Spanish side meet expectations by returning for Coutinho in the winter window.
The little magician wouldn’t be able to feature in the Champions League either, having already appeared in the competition for the Reds this season.
Given the tight battle for a top four finish in the Premier League, owners Fenway Sports Group must stand by their refusal to sell Klopp’s star playmaker.
A player fulfilling his potential to become a world class talent still has the time and opportunities to help Liverpool enjoy a productive season.
Fans deserve one more full season from the No.10.