Philippe Coutinho is Paris Saint-Germain’s plan B if they fail to sign Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe, according to reports in France.
The Brazilian lit up the Premier League last season and is crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
His stellar performances have put the star midfielder on PSG’s radar, with Barcelona also interested.
Le10 Sport claim the Parisians are hovering at around the £70million mark, while Liverpool rate the 25-year-old at £87m.
But Monaco sensation Mbappe remains PSG’s top target as they look to add pace and guile up front.
They are keen to secure one of their country’s leading future talents but the shock league champions will not sell cheap.
Having already failed to land Cristiano Ronaldo, PSG chiefs are aware they need to line up a high-profile signing after ending their Ligue 1 title streak.
And if Mbappe does not arrive in the French capital, club chiefs will step up their interest in Coutinho after reportedly making contact with his advisers to sound out interest.
Coutinho scored 14 goals last season as he secured a bumper five-year contract in January.
And after helping the Reds into the Champions League, he insisted he was happy at Anfield despite interest.
He said: “A lot of people have been asking me this, but I don’t understand.
“I have a contract with Liverpool, a long contract. This speculation is for other people only.”