Reds put £133m price tag on Barca target Coutinho – report

Joe Williams

Liverpool are looking to end Barcelona’s interest in their star player Philippe Coutinho by slapping a £133million price tag on the midfielder, according to reports.

The La Liga side have been heavily linked with Coutinho in recent weeks with a £72million bid reportedly rejected and a fresh £80million offer mooted.

Spanish newspaper Sport claims that the Reds have now named their price at €150m (£133m) for the Brazilian in an attempt to scare off the Catalans.

The 25-year-old had a brilliant campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s side last campaign with 13 goals and seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances.

Another report in the same newspaper also suggests that Coutinho is willing to take a cut in pay to join Barca, while Catalan radio station RAC1 reckons that the midfielder has expressed a desire to leave Anfield.

When Klopp was asked last week if clubs were wasting their time bidding for Coutinho, he replied: “Yes (he is not for sale), but that’s not since this morning or yesterday, it’s not been any different.

“Phil is a very important player for us. He’s trying to get back his rhythm but there’s no doubt about his quality. He’s very smart both offensively and defensively.

“The nice news for us is that he’s still young. He has improved a lot since I’ve been here and he can still improve a lot.

“I’m not surprised that any club is interested in players at Liverpool. The very important message is that we are not a selling club and that’s how it is

“We believe in working together and developing together. We want to make the next step together and for this we need to stay together.”