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23 July 2017

Barcelona ready to up Philippe Coutinho bid to £80m to test Liverpool’s resolve as they look to keep hold of playmaker

BARCELONA are ready to make an improved £80m offer to land Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

Liverpool turned down a £72m approach from the Catalan club as they look to keep hold of the Brazilian.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is not for sale, says Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is not for sale, says Jurgen Klopp
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Philippe Coutinho told Jurgen Klopp that he loves it at Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho told Jurgen Klopp that he loves it at Liverpool
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But Barcelona aren’t giving up without a fight and the Mirror report they’re set to up their bid.

Coutinho is key to Liverpool’s hopes of challenging for the Premier League title this season.

The Brazilian scored in Hong Kong on Saturday as Liverpool beat Leicester to win the Premier League Asia Trophy pre-season tournament.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insisted after the game that Coutinho was going nowhere and is happy on Merseyside.

“Everyone knows that Phil Coutinho is a key player for us,” he said.

“I know that he feels completely more than fine, comfortable — whatever — in Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool to defeat Leicester on Saturday to win the Asia Trophy
Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool to defeat Leicester on Saturday to win the Asia Trophy
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Klopp says he was encouraged by the conversation with Philippe Coutinho
Klopp says he was encouraged by the conversation with Philippe Coutinho
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“He loves the club and the city – that’s clear.

“But that he’s able to play like that tonight — in a very difficult moment of the preseason after all these sessions is good to see. That shows his big potential.”

Liverpool travel to Germany to continue their pre-season preparations where they play Hertha Berlin before taking part in the Audi Cup in Munich.

Philippe Coutinho in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy against Crystal Palace earlier this week
Philippe Coutinho in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy against Crystal Palace earlier this week
AP:Associated Press
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says his star players are not for sale
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