Coutinho shone as the Reds' stand-in captain for their emphatic 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow, scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League encounter. That season, it was Luis Suarez who scored from all conceivable angles to become the official Premier League player of the season that year, and his equivalent this year in terms of goal quantity has been Egypt worldwide Mohamed Salah.
The Reds are determined to keep hold of their star but Barca are expected to return with another mega-money bid in January. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. "Since I stayed I have played with will and desire", continued the 25-year old, shifting the conversation towards more manageable territory.
So not only is Coutinho aware of Barcelona's interest, but he was interested in joining them when the offers came through over the summer.
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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".
Liverpool fans took to social networking site Twitter to express their adulation for the player.
According to Betway representative Alan Algar, per Odds Bible, they were inundated with bets on Coutinho's uncertain future and so chose to shut it down.
Philippe Coutinho has not closed the door on a move away from Liverpool if Barcelona make a renewed attempt to buy him in the January transfer window.
"After heightened betting activity on Thursday, running in line with reports a deal has been agreed, we've made a decision to suspend betting on the 24-year-old making the switch to the Nou Camp in the upcoming transfer window". But it can't help but rankle a little that a key player won't commit to staying at least until the end of the season.