Barcelona's desperate push to land Philippe Coutinho continues, with the Liverpool star remaining top of their January wishlist.

But after missing out on the Brazil star in the summer, the Spanish league leaders are cautious of allowing the issue to drag on again.

Despite three transfer offers and a transfer request from the player, the Reds stood firm.

However Barca's interest hasn't gone away, with Los Cules having earmarked Coutinho as their choice to replace club captain Andres Iniesta in the long term.

And as they enter a critical phase of the season, they're unwilling to let the issue run throughout the transfer window.