With the January transfer window open, Liverpool fans are once again fretting over the future of Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds showed remarkable courage and stubbornness to fend off nine figure bids from Barcelona and a transfer request from the man himself, to survive an eventful summer transfer window.
Furthermore, despite initial skepticism, the decision paid off. Coutinho hasn't shown distain towards the decision and has pressed on to form a lethal attacking quartet with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Question marks over his future hasn't stopped the 25-year-old providing an enviable tally of 15 goals and eight assists for club and country this season.
So, it's perhaps no surprise that Barcelona are poised to try their luck with Coutinho once again, despite the fact he would be cup-tied in the Champions League and the La Liga title race is practically over.
A new report from Spanish publication Sport has shed great light on why Blaugrana are taking the potentially risky approach of signing Coutinho in January, though.
The article outlines that Barcelona and Liverpool are finalising the details of a transfer with the Reds demanding that their Spanish counterparts foot a bid greater than €140 million.
This decision was made by Liverpool in light of Barcelona's capture of Ousmane Dembele for the same price in the summer.
These details will come as a surprise to Liverpool fans who enjoyed their club's furious stubbornness over pre-season but it seems the dramatic change can be pinpointed to September.
The report revealed: 'During September, though, Coutinho's agents re-opened the talks. They had Liverpool's word that they would let the player leave if a fair offer arrived in January.
'And the Premier League club reminded them that Barça had paid around 140 million euros for Dembele, so Coutinho would have to cost more.
'His value, Liverpool feel, is higher as a regular Brazil international at 25. That argument has never been disputed and has marked the talks, which could conclude in a matter of days.'
Whatever Coutinho's agent said in those fresh, September talks must have worked a miracle with Liverpool showing a major U-turn in their stance on the issue.
Whether or not Barcelona will seal the deal is unknown, yet Liverpool's ability to hold them off seems to be diminishing by the day. Watch this space.
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