Even with the transfer window now shut, Philippe Coutinho’s proposed transfer to Barcelona won’t go away, with Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau adding fuel to the fire by admitting the Catalan giants will indeed look to lure the Brazilian away from Anfield in January, the Liverpool Echo report.

The Reds stood firm over the course of the summer, rejecting three bids from Barca, with the highest being a reported £118 million, along with a rejected transfer request from the player himself.

However, Grau has stated that the La Liga leaders are ‘ready’ to buy Coutinho in the January window, with Liverpool again remaining adamant they will not be pressured into selling the playmaker.

Since the summer window closed, Coutinho has returned to the first team fold, impressing in many of his individual performances including the most recent draw with Newcastle United, where he yet again scored from outside of the box.

Despite the continued rumours, the Brazilian is set to feature in Liverpool’s plans up to January, starting this Saturday lunchtime, as Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome Manchester United to Anfield.