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According to reports, Liverpool accepted a fixed price of £ 128 million for the Barcelona buy Philippe Coutinho in January at the request of the player.
Citing Xavier Muñoz of Mundo Deportivo Jack Staplehurst of Daily Star said "Coutinho made Liverpool agree on a fixed price for January" after the Reds closed Barcelona's attempts to sign it in the summer, and still hopes to go ahead with the agreed terms of a five-year contract with the Catalan club.
Barça are eager to face Liverpool at a price below £ 128 million, but they want to catch the Brazilian before players like Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain come to play.
Coutinho has had an excellent campaign so far, contributing nine goals and seven assists in all competitions.
He packed a hat-trick as Liverpool dismantled Spartak Moscow 7-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, earning praise from Reds writer Leanne Prescott:
Leanne Prescott @ _lfcleanne  The four forwards have been absolutely exceptional. Firmino, Mane and Salah showed a great movement and exchanged positions with Coutinho delivering another performance of the first order. Well inside.
The chemistry of 25 years with teammates Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is something worth contemplating, with the quartet moving and turning fluidly in the last third and each one contributing an important quality to Liverpool's attack.
American football writer Andrew Beasley showed how effective the four players are:
Andrew Beasley @ BassTunedToRed
Liverpool with Coutinho, Firmino, Mané and Salah in the field together:
12 goals scored
Goal every 23 minutes.
In the case of Coutinho, he is usually the one who throws the strings, he is the most creative of the four and he is also a particular threat of Long shots and set pieces .
In addition, he has begun to exhibit his talents more consistently than he did at Anfield, where he was occasionally guilty of performing some anonymous performances.
It is perhaps more pressing for Barcelona to find a replacement for Xavi Hernández to offer them stability and control in midfield, but with Neymar absent and Andrés Iniesta now with 33, there are chances that a talented player from Coutinho forje a place in the team and link your midfield and attack with vision and panache.
However, given their importance to the Reds' fortune -even if they have three other tremendous attacking talents it seems unlikely that they are willing to part with it. in the middle of the season, even if Barcelona are prepared to make a substantial offer.