We are ready to buy Coutinho in January - Barcelona chief warns Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

The Reds managed to fend the Spanish giants off in the summer, rejecting three bids for Coutinho, but Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau has revealed that the La Liga club are ready to launch a new bid for the playmaker in January.

Liverpool made their stance clear when they rejected Coutinho's transfer request and rebuffed Barcelona's bids of £72 million, £90.3m and £118m.

From Barcelona's point of view, the Brazilian will be cup-tied in the Champions League, which means there will be little value in signing a player they can not feature in their most important competition.

"We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical staff request", Grau said.

Bad news, Liverpool fans.

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With the Reds without another of their key men, Sadio Mane, for Saturday's clash with Manchester United, Liverpool were hoping for a distraction-free week in the build-up to the game.

"We do know Coutinho wanted to go to Barcelona and there was a plan for him to do so", Balague said.

"I think Klopp will deal with it tomorrow when he speaks in his press conference, but I think privately they will be furious about the way Barcelona have come out". "It's going to just see how long the Liverpool owners stay strong - can they afford to not let him go in the January window?" That's the question mark.

"I would be gobsmacked if they consider doing business in January, absolutely gobsmacked".

Barca were thwarted in their attempt to prise Coutinho away from Anfield during the summer, with Liverpool placing a reported €200 million (S$321 million) asking price on the forward.

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