Philippe Coutinho's message after Liverpool rout is seriously encouraging for Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho's message after Liverpool rout is seriously encouraging for Barcelona

The Brazilian bagged his first ever Champions League hat-trick and was sensational as Liverpool booked their place in the knockout rounds of Europe's premier competition.

Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane were listed in the final 30 for the 2017 Ballon d'Or, with the placings and award handed out on Thursday.

It was a top-class performance from Coutinho, who also produced a brilliant performance against Brighton last weekend.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho would be the flawless fit for his old club, Barcelona.

However it is understood Coutinho had an agreement with Liverpool for the club to sell him in January, which means a move when the window reopens is likely.

He said: "I do not know how the future is going to be. I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters".

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"When it was 6-0", Klopp said, "we were looking at each other [on the Liverpool bench] and saying, 'How did this happen?'" I don't know if there will be an offer.

Last summer there was a job offer and in the same way that happens with any employee I was interested in it.

So not only is Coutinho aware of Barcelona's interest, but he was interested in joining them when the offers came through over the summer.

I'm very happy to play alongside all these great players. We play at home and the fans deserve a win so we'll do our best to get it.

This January transfer market will force Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to weigh up what they value and whether losing Coutinho is worth that prize, with Ferdinand backing the star to deserve such a hefty cost.

"Jurgen Klopp has done little to quash the rumours when asked whether the Brazilian would be at Liverpool in February, yet further indication that Coutinho is destined to bid farewell to Anfield".

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