Philippe Coutinho hopes he has played his last game for Liverpool as he aims to force through a move to Barcelona this month.
But the Spanish giants will have to offer in excess of £130m for the Reds to even consider letting their star man leave Anfield.
The Kop ace is a doubt for Friday’s FA Cup third round clash with Everton after also sitting out their New Year’s Day win over Burnley with a thigh injury.
But he may never don the No. 10 shirt for the Reds again if he gets his way and the Spanish giants secure a deal.
Liverpool’s summer stance that Coutinho was not for sale at any price appears to have significantly softened in recent weeks and that is why the player nicknamed ‘The Magician’ reckons he may get his move away.
Both the club and manager Jurgen Klopp have stopped short of saying he will definitely be at Anfield on February 1 when the window closes.
That is in stark contrast to the approach in the summer when Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, made it clear he would not be sold at any price even after the player handed in a transfer request.
Coutinho’s advisors have been trying to convince the Reds’ hierarchy to sanction a move to Spain since the summer window.
Although Liverpool have not named a price, it is understood that it would take a huge offer way in excess of the third £118m bid that was rejected in the summer, for any negotiations to start.//Actuantes//