Philippe Coutinho is set to have options if he leaves Liverpool .

Barcelona will face competition for the signing of Philippe Coutinho

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We're into October and Philippe Coutinho is still at Anfield. Now, how many Liverpool fans would have predicted that?

In recent weeks, the Brazilian has been putting in the kind of performances that attracted Barcelona in the first place, scoring three goals in his last three games.

The Blaugrana were fairly relentless in their pursuit of the playmaker this summer. Three times they came calling, but every time, they were sent away.

Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be delighted he's managed to hold onto his star man, as there must have been moments when he feared FSG would cave and take the upwards of £100million on offer.

Of course, there are still no guarantees Coutinho will be at Liverpool for long.

It's been rumoured that Barca will reignite their interest in January, though that doesn't seem likely now that the 25-year-old is cup-tied in the Champions League.

So, to next summer. While it's not exactly a foregone conclusion that he'll be off to the Nou Camp, Liverpool are expected to have another fight on their hands.

Their task - keeping a man at the very heart of their blitzing attack - could be made even more difficult if other top European clubs start showing an interest.

Barca have competition 

Sport suggest that might well be the case. The Catalan publication report that Paris Saint-Germain have already approached his representatives and are willing to pay as much as €150million for his services - because, obviously, having Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, and Neymar just isn't enough.

Interestingly, it's the latter who could prove key. For years, it seemed Ney was a big factor in Coutinho wanting to join Barcelona, yet now that he's at the Parc des Princes, he's once again trying to influence his compatriot.

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According to the same source, he has been messaging Coutinho with a view to convincing him to join him in the French capital.

The presence of their international team-mate Dani Alves would be a further temptation.

When Coutinho handed in his transfer request, his heart was set on Barcelona, not PSG. The good news on the front is that Ernesto Valverde hasn't given up his interest, so it could be up to the player himself to choose between the two giants - that's if Liverpool decide they're willing to finally negotiate at the end of the season.

Should Coutinho join PSG or Barca, or stay at Liverpool? Have your say in the comments.

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