Thus far Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp has remained publicly resolute that the 25-year-old was going nowhere, but Esporte Interativo's Marcelo Belcher was quoted as saying the Liverpool star's move to Catalan was a 'done deal', people took notice.
"It would be a blow but, looking at the players you've there now, the likes of Salah, Mane, Firmino, Lallana, you've got four there with a bit of a wow factor and he fits in with all of that".
Suffering a raft of injuries before the season kicks off is certainly disheartening for the Reds, with Clyne and Lallana the most concerning at this stage.
However, Barcelona may be wasting their time chasing Coutinho because the Reds are just not interested in parting ways with their best player. The Frenchman is the cheapest.
"The [financial] landscape has changed massively over the last 12 or 24 months in world football".
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport report that the €222 million that the La Liga runners up have been paid for Neymar's departure is burning a hole in their pocket.
Instead their focus appears to be elsewhere, with Southampton defender Virgil van Dijkand RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita among the players targeted over the summer. They say every player has a price.
In the Premier League, Virgil van Dijk is reportedly hoping to force Southampton to release him by refusing to play for them.
He was used in a deeper position in the 3-0 rout of Bayern Munich, after which Klopp told his suitors not to waste their energy chasing a deal. No. And it is crazy that people believe that.
Interestingly Coutinho has been playing in central midfield for the Merseyside outfit during pre-season. "We've done a lot of running, a lot of work - we train on the morning of games and things like that".
"I think we've made clear that he will stay with us", Watzke added.