The Camp Nou club were so sure of themselves that they even agreed not to recruit Liverpool players for two whole years on pain of paying a premium.
But the transfer has been nothing short of a disaster for Barcelona and Coutinho – and, to make matters worse, the nightmare is not over yet.
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After judging Coutinho in excess of requirements less than a season after signing him, the Brazilian has been loaned to Bayern Munich.
It was hoped Coutinho would impress in Germany and the Bundesliga club would build up the money to make the loan deal permanent.
But the Brazilian failed to set the world on fire … well, until Bayern drew Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
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Coutinho scored twice against his parent club last week, who were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern and sent back to Spain with the tail between their legs.
A report emerged shortly after the loss claiming things could get worse for Barcelona if Bayern Munich go all the way and win the Champions League.
A clause in Coutinho’s contract states that Liverpool owe 5million euros (£ 4.4million) if the Brazilian wins the Champions League, and that Barcelona would be required to pay the Reds if Bayern lift the cup with the Brazilian in their ranks on Sunday.
But according to the Liverpool Echo, the clause can only be triggered if Coutinho wins the Champions League with Barcelona, which means the Catalan giants won’t have to pay a humiliating sum of £ 4.4million if Bayern Munich wins the European Cup.
Liverpool still owe that last payment and could receive it once Coutinho makes his 90th appearance for Barcelona.
The Reds have already received £ 22million from the 75 appearances the 28-year-old has played in.
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