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Philippe Coutinho 'unsure over Liverpool future'

Coutinho remains keen on a move to Barcelona
AFP Coutinho remains keen on a move to Barcelona Credit AFP
Alejandro Castrejon | Diciembre 08, 2017, 07:19

"I do not know if there will be an offer", explained the Brazilian, being completely frank.

Barcelona haven't been coy about their interest in Coutinho. That season, it was Luis Suarez who scored from all conceivable angles to become the official Premier League player of the season that year, and his equivalent this year in terms of goal quantity has been Egypt international Mohamed Salah. There will be another move for Coutinho in January.

Liverpool are in high spirits after a devastating run of form which has seen Jurgen Klopp's men bag 15 goals in their past three matches.

A fee in the region of £140 million has been touted and now Coutinho has confronted the rumours by saying he doesn't know what the future holds in January.

However, they face stiff competition from Barca and Manchester City for his signature.

The question, then, is how much do Barca need Coutinho in January?

And he has done little to dampen speculation he will be off. Last summer's transfer request leaves no doubt that it is what he wants.

Not exactly what Liverpool fans wanted to hear - but it gets worse.

At least not to the Catalan press. "I am here (at Liverpool), we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help". The club, of course, have a strong footing at the negotiating table for a player who signed a five-year contract less than 12 months ago.

Liverpool had failed to score its last four penalties at Anfield, including attempts by Firmino and James Milner in the Champions League.

Liverpool's 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday was well and truly the Philippe Coutinho show.

With betting suspended on his proposed move to Catalonia, it's looking increasingly likely that he's going to up stakes and make a move for the continent.

The Brazil playmaker started the season in dispute with the Liverpool after the club refused to sell him to Barcelona following repeated bids by the Spanish team. Naive defending put paid to those hopes and Coutinho was Liverpool's conductor.