Liverpool have been told they must up their offer for Philippe Coutinho if they are to land the player this month, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was willing to pay £8million for the Inter Milan star, but had that offer rejected at the weekend.

And, if the Liverpool chief wants Coutinho at Anfield during the January transfer window, he’ll have to up his offer to €12 million, according to the report.

Coutinho started his career at Vasco da Gama, but moved to Serie ‘A’ after just one season as a professional in his homeland.

His form at the San Siro has been erratic however, and the Italian giants sent the player to Espanyol on loan last term, where he scored five goals in 16 La Liga appearances.

Rodgers now wants to bring the player to the Premier League, and has identified the 20-year-old as an alternative to long-term Liverpool target Thomas Ince, the paper claims.

The Blackpool winger has been linked with a return to Merseyside in recent weeks, but negotiations have reportedly broken down, and the Reds’ cites have now been set on Coutinho.

Were he to join Liverpool, he’d play alongside compatriot Lucas Leiva.

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