LIVERPOOL will today increase their offer for Philippe Coutinho to 9million Euros (£7.6million) in a bid to push through a deal for the Inter attacking midfielder.
The Reds have been locked in negotiations with the Serie A outfit since their initial bid of 6million Euros (£5million) was rejected last week.
Despite talks having dragged on, Liverpool remain confident that an agreement will be reached and they will finally secure the services of the 20-year-old Brazil international.
However, reports that managing director Ian Ayre flew to Italy yesterday to try to complete the transfer are untrue.
Coutinho, who has been hampered by a minor injury recently, was left out of the Inter squad for last night's Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Roma as discussions over his future continue.
Boss Brendan Rodgers hopes the exciting youngster, who can play in central midfield, out wide or in the No 10 role as a second striker, will become his second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Daniel Sturridge. Coutinho signed for Inter from Vasco da Gama for 4million Euros when he was just 16 but remained in Brazil for a further two years before moving to Italy in 2010.
He enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Espanyol last season but since returning to Inter his chances have been limited. He has started just three Serie A matches this season and has made 10 league appearances in total.
Meanwhile, Suso has vowed to fight for a first-team spot at Liverpool ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fourth round tie at Oldham.
The young Spaniard, who hasn't played since the Reds' victory over Mansfield in the last round, is expected to return at Boundary Park.
The arrival of Sturridge and the return to fitness of Fabio Borini has boosted Rodgers' attacking options in recent weeks.
“There is extra competition for places now,” Suso said.
“Playing for Liverpool's first team is going to be difficult and it should be because it is one of the best teams in Europe. The competition is good for me because it makes me determined to work even harder and to get better.
“I'm really happy with the way this season has been going. I think I can still do better but it is my first year and I am getting experience with every game.”