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26th Dec, 2016 | 8:28am

Liverpool braced for £40m January bid for playmaker - report

By Dominic Toner

Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a mega bid for Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to a report.

The Express claim that the French champions are set to offer £40million for the 24-year-old in the January transfer window.

The report details that PSG failed with a £22million bid last summer, but are now ready to come in with an improved offer for the playmaker.

Coutinho has become a crucial player for Liverpool since his £8.5million move from Inter Milan in 2013.

The Brazil international is extremely versatile and has predominately operated from the left wing under Jurgen Klopp this season.

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He has made 14 appearances this campaign, scoring six goals and supplying six assists in return.

Coutinho has been sidelined since November with an injury though and is not expected to return until the start of the New Year.

Liverpool have managed to keep their title bid in check during his absence, but will be desperate for his return as they try to claw back the six-point gap to leaders Chelsea.

Football Insider verdict:

Liverpool must ignore the big offer from PSG and ensure that Coutinho stays at Anfield. The Brazilian ace may be tempted to move away eventually, but the Reds must keep their most influential player for as long as possible. Liverpool have the potential to become Premier League champions this season, but those hopes would take a major blow if the attacking midfielder left mid-season. Coutinho has emerged as the club’s standout player this campaign and is a huge favourite with supporters. He has terrorised Premier League defences this season and still has unfinished business with Liverpool, having lost in two cup finals last season. The Merseyside club need world-class players like Coutinho in their squad if they are to challenge at the top-end of the table. It would be a major surprise if anything came of this. 

In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp has revealed the club’s strategy in the January window.