Barcelona Boss: We're Prepared To Sign Countinho In January

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That was rejected by Liverpool and Barcelona chief executive Òscar Grau is managing the Merseyside club's expectations about the fee they will receive.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insisted he had no issue with the player and Coutinho had scored in his last three games for Liverpool before heading off to play for his country.

The Reds managed to keep their Brazil worldwide at Anfield beyond the summer transfer window despite Barcelona's numerous attempts to sign the number 10.

"Right now there is nothing planned for the January window".

From Barcelona's point of view, the Brazilian will be cup-tied in the Champions League, which means there will be little value in signing a player they can not feature in their most important competition.

Barcelona may have to get closer to Liverpool's £183m valuation if they are to sign the player, but until that happens, Liverpool could well do without the distraction as they prepare for their biggest match of the season so far. "We weren't going to give €200m or €150m - we made a decision to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m, with add-ons it could have reached €120m".

He stated: "The sale of Neymar allowed us to get into the market and take some players we wanted".

The Times' Paul Joyce, elaborating on Grau's comments, said that "Liverpool will be angered" by Barcelona's renewed efforts. Mundo claims, Klopp and Liverpool positively accept Coutinho's terms and promise to weigh Barcelona's offer.

Furthermore, Barcelona are determined to advance his arrival to January in order to avoid Paris Saint-Germain joining the race next summer.

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