Philippe Coutinho's links to Barcelona have strengthened after the Liverpool playmaker's agent reportedly visited the Camp Nou "to confirm interest" from the Spanish club. Meanwhile, intrigue is building around a winter deal for Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic.
Although not named in the article, Kia Joorabchian is believed to be Coutinho's representative, and the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce reported in the summer that the pair had been working together for 18 months.
The South American superstar is enjoying a great run of form and has guided the Reds through a promising start to the 2016-17 season, winning the club's Player of the Month award for his most recent efforts:
Despite scoring four goals and recording four assists in 10 Premier League appearances this season, Liverpool fans may feel a sense of despair stemming from the interest Europe's giants are showing in their talisman.
That being said, Coutinho recently outlined his love for the club at which he arrived in January 2013, stating his appreciation of the fans in particular, per Anfield HQ:
There is an argument to be had regarding the reduced role Coutinho may have to settle for should he move to the Camp Nou.
Coutinho stands to link up with countrymen Neymar and Rafinha at Barca should he join the club, but Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp recently outlined the No. 10's importance to manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool:
He's only 24 but he's such a talented player and he's become Liverpool's talisman. When Liverpool are struggling, he's the one they look to and more often than not he takes the game by the scruff of the neck.
When it comes to picking a combined Premier League XI, there's some fierce competition for who you'd have in that playmaker role. David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Mesut Ozil are all brilliant players. But on his day Coutinho is as good as anyone.
Elsewhere, Klopp is said to be eyeing Borussia Dortmund ace Pulisic as a potential recruit this winter as a way to combat the Africa Cup of Nations, which will reduce his selection choices for almost a month.
The glaring absence from mid-January to early February will be Senegal's Sadio Mane, and although the Mirror's Pearce pointed to Pulisic as a possible replacement, Dominic King of the Daily Mail has said the move may be a no-go:
Klopp will undoubtedly have links at Signal Iduna Park and could use his former employers as a means to beef up his squad, although it seems unlikely Dortmund will want to sell midway through the season.
Black and Yellows boss Thomas Tuchel appears fond of his United States international, too, considering Pulisic has started in eight of his 11 appearances this season, scoring twice and recording four assists.