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Barcelona have drawn up their plan to sign Philippe Coutinho in January

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Few fans celebrated the transfer deadline quite like Liverpool supporters this summer.

Aside from capturing the likes of Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita, Kopites were hoping for the best as offer, after offer arrived for Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian was subject to a number of lucrative bids from Barcelona, which he acknowledged via a transfer request in August. Nevertheless, the Liverpool ownership promised no sale and unbelievably delivered despite offers spilling over £100 million.

With Coutinho tied down to a five-year contract, too, Jurgen Klopp and co. don't harbour the worries Arsenal hold over their respective Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil situations.

And with Coutinho's return coinciding with a criminal drop in form for the Reds, the 25-year-old has arguably been their best player with inspirational moments against Newcastle and Leicester.

January approach for Coutinho

Barcelona don't plan on giving up, however.

Blaugrana are sitting on an enviable pot of money after the astronomical £198 million fee received for Neymar's shock Paris Saint-Germain switch. An equally lofty £134 million was footed for Ousmane Dembele but the resources remain for another raid on Coutinho.

When you consider just how stubborn Liverpool were this summer, a fresh attack in January would seem rather ambitious. Nevertheless, according to Mundo Deportivo, that's exactly the case.

The Catalans plan to replicate their last bid of the summer - €80 million paid immediately to Liverpool and a further €30 million in potential variables.

For the record, that's 'only' £97 million.

Liverpool fans will be feeling pretty confident that four months of brilliant performances will do everything but persuade the Reds to let Coutinho leave below their estimate.

Barcelona were very much repelled when Liverpool demanded a fee of €200 million for their star man.

The reports cites that the Reds' motive lied with their impending return to the Champions League and that Klopp didn't want to show instant weakness in conceding Coutinho. 

However, it's difficult to see Klopp reading too much into how Liverpool are perceived when the future of one of the Premier League's biggest talents is at stake.

Barcelona just won't go down without a fight.

Do you think Liverpool will eventually give into Barcelona's wishes? Have your say in the comments section below.

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