Liverpool sought Philippe Coutinho loan after agreeing £142m deal with Barcelona

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Coutinho, who completed his move from Liverpool on Monday, could potentially play in Barcelona's midfield or up front - offering a threat to a range of players' first-team prospects.

A fee in the region of €160 million (£142 million) has been agreed between Liverpool and Barcelona for Brazilian footballer, Philippe Coutinho, reports say. He will then be officially presented to the media and fans.

He has a minor thigh injury and missed the club's past two games, including Friday's FA Cup third-round win against Everton.

Mestre may have been referring to demands made for Coutinho in July when Barcelona tabled three solid offers for Coutinho in the wake of an aggressive transfer struggle that saw Paris Saint-Germain take Neymar from the Catalans for a world record 222 million euros.

Barcelona team line up Philippe Coutinho
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Barcelona director Albert Soler said in September the club abandoned their pursuit of the Brazilian playmaker previous year because Liverpool were asking for €200 million. "It's about the chance to play for Barcelona, to live in Barcelona". "There were other clubs interest in him, but his desire to come here has seen him become the latest part of [Ernesto] Valverde's project". I am also grateful to Liverpool for the five years I spent there.

Suarez, who played alongside Coutinho at Anfield until he joined Barca in 2014, is looking forward to great success with the playmaker after being reunited.

Klopp had stressed on several occasions over the past few months that Coutinho was not for sale at any price despite Barca's continued interest. He writes to me a lot, he's a close friend and has been a big help.