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Barca announce they are poised to launch new raid for Philippe Coutinho

LIVERPOOL look set for another transfer window of speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho after Barcelona publicly confirmed they are ready to revive their interest in the player in January.

The Catalan giants made repeated attempts to sign Coutinho (above) in the summer but were ultimately rebuffed, with the Reds rejecting their final bid of £117million and remaining adamant they have no desire to sell.

However, after revealing record revenues yesterday, fuelled in part by the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Barca chief executive officer Oscar Grau said the club were in position to make another move for the playmaker.

‘We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window,’ Grau insisted.

‘We want to have the most competitive squad possible.’

Grau revealed Neymar’s £200m move to France had netted Barca around £168m after tax.

That leaves the Nou Camp club in a healthy position heading into the winter transfer window but they are likely to find Liverpool’s position on Coutinho unchanged. The 25-year-old submitted a transfer request in the summer but, after a dream move to Barca failed to materialise, the Brazilian — who will be back at his club after international duty today — knuckled down and returned to action.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insisted he had no issue with the player and Coutinho had scored in his last three games for Liverpool before heading off to play for his country.