"When they were talking about the fee for him if Barcelona or etc were going to try and buy him, £130-£140m, the only thing you would say is 'is he going to get enough goals to warrant that?' In this form, it suggests yes".
Speaking to the press ahead of the meeting with the Russians, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp played the non-committal card when asked about Coutinho's future and though he didn't completely rule out a January exit for the Brazilian, it's highly unlikely that the Reds hierarchy would allow him to up stakes in the middle of the season.
As we have said for some time, there is very little chance that the Phil Coutinho to Barcelona rumours are going away any time soon. That season, it was Luis Suarez who scored from all conceivable angles to become the official Premier League player of the season that year, and his equivalent this year in terms of goal quantity has been Egypt worldwide Mohamed Salah. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire. "I do not know if there will be an offer".
Well. That's maybe not the worst.
"I am at Liverpool and whenever I have the opportunity to get on the pitch I give my best, with a lot of respect for this shirt and the fans". And I suppose one can't knock him for honesty. The player has reportedly already been told the transfer to Barcelona can happen at the end of the season, as the Reds are expecting the Catalan side to make a new official bid.
"It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool", he said.
Philippe Coutinho has admitted that he is "unsure" what will happen with regards to his Liverpool future. It seems a stretch, though, to see the club happily agreeing his January sale, which could mean that another major distraction for Klopp and the club is on the horizon.