Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp bracing himself for £130m Barcelona bid

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Several bids in the summer were rejected the Brazilian playmaker stayed put at Liverpool.

All told, there aren't yet any solid answers as to why or how Nike "announced" Coutinho to Barcelona last night, but from the Liverpool side of things the song remains the same-Philippe Coutinho won't be sold to Barcelona this season, but for the right price a deal might be possible in the summer.

And even the thrill of orchestrating this exhilarating Red machine might not be enough to keep the little magician on Merseyside this time. But they need more than that now.

The Dutch centre-half completes his club record move from Southampton today, although he will not be involved in this afternoon's trip to Burnley.

He has set his heart on playing for Barca and Klopp knows the move is simply a matter of when and not if.

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According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho thanked Liverpool for their "interest and affection" but reiterated his desire to join Barcelona.

Liverpool are adamant that the player did not down tools in the way Van Dijk had done in a bid to force through his dream move.

Barcelona is looking to add a top defender in the near future, preferably in this transfer window due to their lack of defensive cover at the moment.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are fourth in the Premier League, 17 points behind leaders Manchester City but four ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham, who have a game in hand.

Yet a fresh round of rumours suggesting Barcelona will sign Coutinho in the January transfer window have now surfaced, with this latest contribution from the club's kit manufacturers fuelling suspicions that a deal could be close. At the start of the season I said Liverpool needed Van Dijk more than they needed Coutinho and getting him would make them title contenders.

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