Philippe Coutinho forward admits to Barcelona interest

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal with his Liverpool team mates during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal with his Liverpool team mates during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak

This January transfer market will force Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to weigh up what they value and whether losing Coutinho is worth that prize, with Ferdinand backing the star to deserve such a hefty cost. The Reds rejected three mammoth bids from the Blaugrana which were in the region of £72m, £90m and a staggering £114m respectively.

And it did not got unnoticed on Twitter that the 25-year-old Brazilian barely raised a smile. The Brazilian has netted nine goals so far this term, further providing six for his team-mates across all competitions.

Barcelona are interested in recruiting Coutinho in the near future and see him as a ideal successor to Andres Iniesta who is now entering the latter years of his career. I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters. "I am here (at Liverpool), we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help".

"I do not know what the future is going to be", said Coutinho following last night's 7-0 victory when asked if his own future would include at least finishing the current season at Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal with his Liverpool team mates during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak
Liverpool give player hints transfer is on the cards – Club 'gave him signs' of impending move

I'm very happy to play alongside all these great players.

Regarding Barcelona's bid from the summer, which UOL claims was €160m, Coutinho said: "It was a job offer as for any other person and I became interested".

"It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool".

Salah, Mane, Coutinho and Firmino have averaged a goal every 23 minutes this season when all been on the pitch this season, and will be hoping to improve that amount this forthcoming weekend against Everton in the Merseyside derby. Coutinho however, remains adamant that he is unwilling to commit to Liverpool and as a coach, I would not that take lightly.

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