Jurgen Klopp told to build Liverpool FC defence worthy of Philippe Coutinho

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"We are [financially] prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January", Barca CEO Oscar Grau said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is among 30 players nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, with the victor revealed later this month. "We want to have the most competitive team possible". The 25-year-old has scored in three straight matches for Liverpool and deserves attention from Europe's biggest clubs.

The Catalan giants are set to anger Kop chiefs by chasing the Brazil ace again when the transfer window reopens.

"I don't think it's going to happen in January, I don't think they've got intention of making it in January", Balague told Sky Sports, per the Express.

"We must forget about the price paid for Neymar last summer", he added.

Coutinho had his heart set on moving to Barca and handed in a transfer request on August 11; Liverpool, however, insisted they would not give him his wish and warned Barcelona to stay away.

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It was a summer of speculation surrounding Coutinho's future.

Liverpool have struggled with defensive problems in the current campaign and the Reds have already conceded 12 times in seven games.

But Dembele has endured a nightmare start to life at the Camp Nou.

For much of the summer, talk was of Philippe Coutinho's potential Liverpool exit, yet when the transfer window slammed shut the Brazilian remained at Anfield.

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