With or without Coutinho, Liverpool will not win a top trophy - Souness

Gossip: Klopp to dig his heels in?

Coutinho, a scorer of 14 goals last season in spite of spending six weeks out with an ankle injury, had signed a new deal with Liverpool in January.

That conversation, however, came before Barcelona banked £200m (NZ$354m) courtesy of Neymar's departure to Paris Saint-Germain.

Spanish giants FC Barcelona have today submitted a second offer for Liverpool's Brazilian no.10 Philippe Coutinho of £90m.

Sky Sport reporter Kaveh Solhekol said: "Philippe Coutinho would like to move to Barcelona if deal can be done amicably with Liverpool".

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They have since continued to pursue Coutinho as well as Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembélé, although claims a Barcelona delegation travelled to England this week to meet their Liverpool counterparts were inaccurate.

Reds chief Jurgen Klopp has remained adamant that they won't be entertaining offers for Coutinho, he said recently: "Don't waste your energy. But, a very important message - maybe we're not a selling club".

Coutinho already has La Liga experience on the other side of Barcelona as he enjoyed a successful six-month loan spell at Espanyol in 2012.

"Ultimately if he wants to go he will go, as much as the club won't want him to".

Gerrard saw former Liverpool teammates Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez move to Barcelona against the club's wishes during his time as a player and accepts it is an attractive move for Coutinho.

This is down to several reasons including the release clause of the player as well as discontent over a potential move in the dressing room.