Philippe Coutinho could still return to Liverpool – if Bayern Munich decide not to sign him permanently next summer.
Spanish newspaper AS report that Barcelona plan to offload the Brazilian permanently at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old signed for Bayern Munich on loan in the summer with an option for the German club to buy for a fee of around €120million, however his form to date has been inconsistent.
The former Liverpool man has hit two goals and earned three assists, but his influence for the German champions has still been criticised.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the Reds could not afford to bring Coutinho back to Anfield, and that they were reluctant to sell him originally but were forced to with the money that Barca put on the table.
The Reds were interested in bringing Coutinho back to Anfield this summer, but financially a deal was out of reach and Coutinho signed for Bayern on loan for a fee of €8.5m.
In a video interview with Bild last month, Klopp revealed his closeness with the player and admitted he had spoken with Coutinho and told him a move to Germany would suit him.
Klopp said: “Amazing player, we really didn’t want to let him go. Barca forced us financially.
“World class player, a really good transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga. I thought it’s a good fit for both when I first heard about it. It may sound strange, but we didn’t have enough money to get him.
“We’d already spent all the money we got for him. I have already told him in person that he and Bayern will be a good fit.”
Whatever his progress in Germany this season, Barcelona are understood to be adamant they will sell him permanently next summer amid rumours they are under pressure to balance the books.
Tottenham , Manchester United and Arsenal were also linked with bringing him back to the Premier League.