- Philippe Coutinho continues to be linked with big-money move to Barcelona
- Gifted Brazilian wanted to join Catalan club in summer but it was blocked
- Barcelona are expected to renew interest in Liverpool playmaker in January
- CEO Peter Moore conceded he ‘has no crystal ball’ ahead of transfer window
Philippe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool remains uncertain amid continued interest from Barcelona.
According to the club’s CEO Peter Moore, the gifted Brazilian is expected to stay at Anfield but he did not categorically rule out a transfer.
‘As far as I’m concerned the squad in January is what we have. I have no crystal ball, so I don’t know what is going to happen,’ Moore told Sky Sports.
Philippe Coutinho has been repeatedly linked with a move from Liverpool to Barcelona
The 25-year-old was earmarked as a replacement for Neymar at the Nou Camp but Jurgen Klopp’s side rejected a bid of £114m in the summer despite the playmaker handing in a transfer request.
That said, few could question Coutinho’s renewed commitment to the team and his hat-trick in the 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday serves as the latest example of his service.
Moore added: ‘I saw a player delighted to score a hat-trick in front of 54,000 fans. It’s all about Philippe on the pitch right now.
‘Philippe Coutinho is a dedicated, intense Liverpool player right now that is delivering.’
The 25-year-old Brazilian’s future remains uncertain according to club CEO Peter Moore
Moore refused to give guarantees and Barcelona could yet up their bid in January
Despite the praise lavished on Coutinho by Moore, fans of the Merseyside club will no doubt be concerned with the CEO’s apparent unwillingness to guarantee he will stay.
And Coutinho himself recently admitted even he does not know if he’ll still be at Anfield in January.
‘I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer,’ he said.
Klopp will hope his star forward can maintain his sensational form in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
Despite Coutinho’s desire to leave last summer he has been playing with full comittment