The Spanish soccer giants had three bids - the last of them around £117m - rejected last summer when Coutinho was tempted by the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp and submitted a transfer request. However, it was the first defeat for Pep Guardiola's side in any competition this season in 15 games. I don't know if there will be an offer.
Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick as Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moscow 7-0 on Wednesday to clinch first place in its Champions League group and become the fifth English team to qualify for the last 16.
Well. That's maybe not the worst.
Owen did go on to compliment the current Liverpool frontline, adding "This group of players are amazing, but you're not going to get a player who's going to score 30 goals in this group".
Teams combined to come close to equalling that record in 2012/2013 with 284 and again in 2015/2016 with 280.
Liverpool turn their attentions back to the Premier League on Sunday when they host Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby. The club, of course, have a strong footing at the negotiating table for a player who signed a five-year contract less than 12 months ago.
Liverpool's Brazilian attacker is speaking about his future after authoring a UEFA Champions League hat trick against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.
The journalist who wrote the story says he 'suspects' that this is all happening because Liverpool didn't let the star leave for Barcelona in the summer. The result will not affect City's chances in any way as they topped Group F with 15 points.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has compared Liverpool's current attacking quartet of Salah, Mane, Firmino and Coutinho with that of the famous 2013-14 season with Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling.
Indirectly, perhaps, he could help by allowing the ageing Andres Iniesta to rest his legs at the weekends and keep himself fresh for those big European nights - maybe even one at Anfield, in the later rounds.
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