By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans have reacted with panic to the news that the club have named a heavy price-tag for Philippe Coutinho amid fresh transfer speculation rumours.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have renewed their interest in the forward and Liverpool are preparing for a January bid by named a price of £68 million, according to reports in Le10Sport.
It claims Liverpool are keen to keep hold of their star player and have named a heavy price-tag in the hope of warning off interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Coutinho was recently named October’s Player of the Month after picking up the Man of the Match award against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Brazilian star has scored four goals already this season during Liverpool’s opening 10 league fixtures and has been instrumental to his side’s early success.
Alongside Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane, Coutinho has demonstrated an impressive attacking threat in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Fans reacted to the news with panic as they pleaded the club not to let their star player leave in January, with many saying there was no price for Coutinho’s quality.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Of course Coutinho is going be linked with Barcelona or Madrid when he's playing as well as he is.
— George (@George__O) November 3, 2016
— 3.16 (@alfgray) November 3, 2016
Barcelona & PSG keen on signing Coutinho 😕
— Deadly Divock (@Deadly_Divock) November 3, 2016
Barcelona will come next year like a street beggar for Coutinho. We should want Messi in exchange of him. WE SHOULD.
— Nish (@klopposophy_) November 3, 2016
Coutinho is Barcelona's answer to Andre's iniesta retiring in the future. Would fit perfectly in that system.
— LFC Head Quarters (@black_jman) November 3, 2016
— Éliane Abi-Sleiman (@ElianeA_S) November 3, 2016
— Atul Chauhan (@Shaft63) November 3, 2016
— Mrinal Saha Noyon (@Mthe27) November 3, 2016
— Anthony Lait (@AnthonyLait) November 3, 2016
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