Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has refused to commit his future to the Premier League club, saying he does not know whether he will be the subject of a transfer bid in January.
Barcelona made repeated efforts during the summer window to land the Brazil international but were rebuffed each time, leaving him frustrated. Since then speculation has continued to swirl over the future of the 25-year-old, who scored a hat-trick in Liverpool's 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, with his Catalan suitors reportedly ready to make another approach.
'Will and desire'
'I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters,' said Coutinho, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances this season. 'I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer. Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire.'
First hat-trick for Liverpool
Coutinho's hat-trick was his first for the club and he hailed the achievement of making the latter stages of the Champions League as a significant moment. 'It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool,' added the player, who captained the side at Anfield. 'For sure this is my most important hat-trick. In the Champions League it was my first one. I scored one for Brazil but this was more important.'