Philippe Coutinho's message after Liverpool rout is seriously encouraging for Barcelona

I don’t know what will happen in January – Barcelona target Coutinho

I don’t know what will happen in January – Barcelona target Coutinho

Liverpool's marquee player Philippe Coutinho was the subject of intense interest from Barcelona last summer, however a move never materialised in the end.

Barcelona are interested in recruiting Coutinho in the near future and see him as a perfect successor to Andres Iniesta who is now entering the latter years of his career. That, in turn, could be a factor in Barcelona's current valuation of the player. I don't know if there will be an offer.

Philippe Coutinho's hat-trick in Liverpool's 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow was the record-breaker and the 16 teams in action on Wednesday, combined to raise the total tally to 306 at full time.

By the time the calendar ticks into 2018, it's not unfeasible that Barca have a 14-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga, still their biggest rivals for the title despite Valencia and Atletico being closer.

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.

"Jurgen Klopp has done little to quash the rumours when asked whether the Brazilian would be at Liverpool in February, yet further indication that Coutinho is destined to bid farewell to Anfield".

Liverpool supporters are reluctantly aware their days of seeing the Brazilian in red are limited, but the conversations with Barcelona could - not should - wait until the summer, especially when Liverpool can bed in their new potential superstar, Naby Keita.

Liverpool's Brazilian attacker is speaking about his future after authoring a UEFA Champions League hat trick against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.

"Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire".

At least not to the Catalan press.

Michael Owen has admitted that he has been amazed by Mohamed Salah's start to life at Liverpool FC since moving to the summer transfer window.

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