However, if Sport are to be believed, Barcelona are still intending to go ahead with their planned pursuit of Coutinho when the mid-season transfer window opens, and will make a colossal €120 million offer.
Nevertheless, a move to Barcelona in January from Liverpool continues to be mooted by the Catalan press.
Le 10 Sport have however said that Neymar is trying to ruin his former club's chances of signing Coutinho by persuading his fellow countryman to join him at the cash-rich French giants. Though they remain in the market for the player with another bid possible.More news: City of Las Vegas
The Liverpool attacker handed in a transfer request to the Anfield board in the summer as he tried to force through a switch to the Nou Camp.
Coutinho celebrates scoring for Liverpool.
'I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute.
"Any player would want to join this club and it was difficult for him to come in the summer but he is a true professional and (because the move did not happen) he has worked hard", the Uruguay striker continued.
'He is a footballer, who today, plays at a very high level'. The Brazil squad has been preparing in Paris for the two matches.