What are the chances of Philippe Coutinho still being a Liverpool player by the end of the season?
One would imagine they're pretty slim, as the Brazilian has quite clearly set his heart on a move to Barcelona.
The Reds knocked back three summer bids from the Catalans, prompting the playmaker to hand in a transfer request.
The big worry for Liverpool is that when Barca decide they want a player, they're usually relentless.
So, as much as FSG would like fans to believe that they've bucked the trend that saw players like Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, and Fernando Torres depart for large sums, it still seems highly likely that Coutinho will be off to the Nou Camp in the not-so-distant future.
On the one hand, that would be incredibly frustrating for Jurgen Klopp, who would like to build his team around the influential midfielder.
However, the Mirror report that the club have promised their manager that if Coutinho is sold, he'll be able to reinvest every single penny in new players.
Number one on his wish list is Virgil van Dijk. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have put in some hapless performances this season, only heightening the need for the £70m-rated Southampton centre-back's arrival.
Coutinho wanted out
Unfortunately, on current form, Liverpool aren't exactly doing a great job of convincing Coutinho to stay.
Last weekend's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham was a particular low point, and although they've since moved up to sixth, the 25-year-old wants to be contending titles, not battling for a Champions League place.
There's a solid argument that it would be wise for the board to cash in on Coutinho now while there is still £130m on the table.
Liverpool's problems are primarily defensive. Of course, no team's shortcomings can ever be attributed to one area alone, but Klopp is now in dire need of a new centre-back or two, a central midfielder, and potentially another left-back if he isn't yet ready to put his faith in Andy Robertson.
His side proved they can cope without Coutinho in attack, as he was injured for the 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, and Gini Wijnaldum got the goals as Klopp inflicted defeat on his best friend David Wagner.
Sentiments aside, it was a much-needed three points to keep them in sight of the top four.
There's a realistic chance that they'll be losing their star man mid-season, so the German will no doubt be thinking about how he can strengthen in January with the proceeds of his sale.
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