Liverpool set to relieve Philippe Coutinho of his contract

Liverpool are willing to sell their star man Philippe Coutinho to Catalan giants Barcelona, according to fresh reports emerging from Spain this week.

Coutinho’s rumored move to Barca was one of the biggest transfer saga of the summer, with Liverpool eventually coming out on top and insisting the Brazilian would not be leaving for any price.

The situation became messed up following a transfer request from the player and frequent public statements of intents from Barca, which all served to anger the Liverpool hierarchy even further.

Spanish media outlet Sport this week claim the La Liga leaders are still holding out for a chance to sign Coutinho, nor has the player lost hope of moving to Catalonia.

The summer transfer window closed shut some 25 days ago, though contact has continued to exist from Barcelona, with the Spaniards hopeful of keeping a line of discourse open in order to conclude a deal in January. The report further stated that Liverpool will consider discussing a possible transfer of their star for the first time, with his transfer fee likely to be set high.

The report reaffirms Coutinho’s decision to move to La Liga, claiming the player’s agent have passed this clearly across to Liverpool’s management in hope a deal can be concluded in the future.

Since the saga, the Brazilian has rejoined the Reds following a lengthy period out.

A back injury was cited as the reason for Coutinho’s absence, though manager Jurgen Klopp has given him back his spot in the squad and the playmaker got back to his goalscoring ways last weekend.

Coutinho put up an exemplary performance for Liverpool as the Reds defeated Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, setting up a goal for Mohamed Salah rifling a free-kick past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The 25-year-old will be part of the Liverpool squad who travel to Russia this week, ahead of their Champions League challenge with Spartak Moscow on Tuesday. 

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