Barca chief: We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

GETTYJurgen Klopp is desperate to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool rejected three bids from Barca during the summer - the last of which was in the region of £118 million.

Coutinho remains firmly on Barcelona's agenda and they showed their hand on Wednesday, with chief executive Oscar Grau confirming it is their ambition to bring him to the Nou Camp.

But Grau made clear the Spanish giants had not given up the chase.

"We are [financially] prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January".

At the start of the summer, he was being linked with a move to Barcelona on the recommendation of his Brazilian team mate, Neymar. We are putting all the resources of the club [to improve the squad]. If this is the case [If Barcelona sign players in January] we have to generate income and maybe someone have to leave.

However, there is no indication of what such a bid would be although the report does suggests it would be similar to those lodged during summer, thought to be €110m, of which €80m was paid up front.

Liverpool will hope the latest news out of Spain will not disturb him ahead of their crunch clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday or months of fresh speculation.

Coutinho was targeted as a replacement for Neymar, who dismantled his partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record figure close to £200m.

After missing the first seven games of Liverpool's campaign, the attacking midfielder has scored in their last three matches.

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