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Liverpool have two conditions before considering selling Coutinho to Barca in January

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Now that the January transfer window has opened, everyone is wondering whether Philippe Coutinho will be a Liverpool or Barcelona player by the time it closes.

Jurgen Klopp insists he has no reason to sell the Brazil international midway through the season, but there's evidence to suggest it could happen.

On New Year's Day, an advert appeared on Nike's website featuring Coutinho's name on the back of a Barcelona jersey and headlined: "Where the magic happens."

Lower down, a smaller message read: "Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou. Get your 2017/18 FC Barcelona kit with the Magician's name on it."

Nike quickly took down the advert, but when Klopp was asked about it in a press conference, he didn't seem bothered in the slightest.

"I heard about it. I couldn't be less interested in anything in the world," said the German. "But somebody told me and I thought 'wow'. Top story."

Various reports have since emerged detailing how Coutinho has been offered a new contract by Liverpool and the captain's armband, but he's said no.

Furthermore, according to Sport, Coutinho has actually told the Reds he doesn't want to play for them again, much like he apparently did in the 2017 summer transfer window.

No one really knows what the future holds, but Liverpool correspondent for Goal Melissa Reddy claims a deal could be struck between the two clubs in January.

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And it hingers on two factors: if Barcelona submit a "strong proposal" to sign Coutinho and if they agree to let Liverpool keep the Brazilian until the summer.

Reddy writes: "If the Blaugrana finally submit a strong proposal to the Reds, there is the possibility of concluding a deal in the winter, which allows Coutinho to seal a switch ahead of 2018-19.

"That would not weaken the second half of Liverpool's campaign as they look to push on in the Champions League and secure a top-four finish domestically."

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Even Liverpool fans will agree this makes the most sense if Coutinho really is determined to leave for Barcelona.

An agreement in January ahead of a summer move for Coutinho means Klopp's squad will stay in tact for what will be a challenging second half of the season.

It also means the 25-year-old will be able to compete in the Champions League, whereas at Barcelona, he wouldn't.

And for Barcelona, they will have their man but just have to wait a couple more months to finally bring him to the Camp Nou.

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