Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins has a £53m release clause, but Liverpool are only prepared to pay half of that for the 22-year-old, reports the Mirror.
We were heavily linked with the trickster in the summer, but ended up buying Mo Salah, which has proved our best piece of business since Luis Suarez signed in 2011.
The Egyptian has scored 23 goals in all competitions, but with Coutinho exiting to Barcelona, Liverpool may need enforcements in the offensive positions.
Daniel Sturridge provides excellent backup, but the Englishman wants out, eyeing first-team football which will get him back in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup recognition.
As a result, if there’s an injury to Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, there isn’t an obvious backup, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ever improving.
Naby Keita would be a fantastic asset, but time will tell if we can secure the Guinean in January.