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What Liverpool are now saying to Coutinho as Barcelona rumours intensify

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Philippe Coutinho, the name on every footballer lovers lips right now.

Will he stay, will he go? No one really seems to know, but it does look as if the Brazilian is desperate to swap Liverpool for the sunnier shores of Barcelona.

The diminutive playmaker was courted by the Blaugrana throughout the summer transfer window and after the Reds thwarted their pursuit, it was thought that they would at least wait until after the 2018 World Cup to try again.

Oh how wrong everyone was, with Barca coming in at full-speed to try and push the deal over the line in January.

Talk is growing of a bid exceeding the £140m mark, with Liverpool said to be less reluctant to offload their star man.

After all, why try and keep hold of a want away player when you pretty much revamp all the necessary areas in your squad with the fee?

Well, that was the general consensus, but on Thursday evening, the Telegraph published a report with some very interesting details, ones which suggest Liverpool's prerogative may have altered in a short space of time.

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Chiris Bascombe, a well respected journalist with Liverpool, wrote: "Liverpool do not want to sell the 25-year-old and are making strenuous efforts to keep him. Despite ongoing talks, the player remains intent on heading to the Nou Camp in January.

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"Liverpool are not chasing replacements at this stage - they have made no contact with Monaco regarding summer target Thomas Lemar - and are focusing on convincing Coutinho he can achieve Champions League ambitions at Anfield in 2018. At the moment, they are not succeeding in persuading him."

Interesting, so the idea that Liverpool were resigned to losing him and seeking replacements may not be true.

Thomas Lemar, Dani Ceballos and Manuel Lanzini have all been linked with a winter switch to fill the void left by the Brazilian.

However, they are all but certain not to be courted by the Reds and sadly, we enter a similar situation to the summer; Liverpool doing whatever they can to stop Coutinho going to Barcelona.

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