Barca tight-lipped on Coutinho link

English Premier League

The Catalan giants are strongly believed to be readying yet another bid for the Brazil international, having seen no fewer than three reported offers rejected by Liverpool at the start of the season.

Barca coach Valverde, though, remained tight-lipped when asked about a January move for the forward, saying: “Coutinho does not play for us, so I have nothing to say.

“He’s a fantastic player and nobody knows what will happen in the future but I am very happy with my players I have here right now, I like them much more than anyone else.

“It would not be respectful for us to talk about players of other clubs, it is disrespectful to the clubs involved and to the player.”