Barcelona just do not give up when it comes to signing Philippe Coutinho.
Ernesto Valverde spent his first summer in charge attempting to lure the Brazilian to the Nou Camp despite having three bids rejected by Liverpool.
To his credit, the 25-year-old has since got his head down and has been making a huge contribution for his current side.
It may have only been against Maribor, but his role in Tuesday's 7-0 Champions League game reiterated how key he is to Jurgen Klopp's plans.
Unfortunately, it's very difficult for Klopp to build his team around him as he would like, because he admits he has "no clue" whether Coutinho will still be at Anfield next season.
“What I can say, in general as a club, and how I understand it, we have to still create a situation where players want to be part of it with all they have,” the Reds boss told a press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham.
Presumably, Barcelona will eventually give up and move on to other targets if they don't land him in January, but in the meantime, it seems they are preparing one last raid.
One final approach
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo report that in the coming week, they will meet with the former Inter Milan man's representatives and try to thrash out a deal.
While it's got them nowhere with Liverpool so far, they still intend to offer €80million with €30m in add-ons.
It's claimed Coutinho is hoping to strike a short-term solution with Klopp, whereby he'll give his all for Liverpool both domestically and in Europe before being allowed to agree a move in the New Year.
The fact that he's now cup-tied in the Champions League ought to make him less of an attractive proposition, but Barca's need has been made all the greater by Ousmane Dembele's lengthy injury lay-off.
Coutinho is under contract until 2022 having only committed to an extension in January of this year.
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