Liverpool are set to receive £4.3million from a clause in Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona after the Spanish side lost to the Reds, reports the Echo.
The Brazilian was granted his dream move to Barcelona in January last year but things have not gone according to plan and he has looked a shadow of the thrilling attacker that played at Anfield for several years.
The former Inter Milan midfielder has suffered a monumental loss of form as a result of being played out of position and the negative reaction he has had to endure from Barca fans.
Seeing him at Anfield on Tuesday was a strange experience and his failure to convert a relatively easy chance in the first half summed up his time with Barcelona as his new team was dumped out of the Champions League.
Liverpool benefitted in more ways than one by knocking the Catalonians out of the competition as they are set to receive a windfall from Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona.
The Echo reports that a clause in the agreement between the two clubs cited that Liverpool would receive £4.3million if the Brazilian reached the last eight of the tournament while wearing blue and garnet.
While it’s not an enormous sum of money, that fee could cover the wages of a current Liverpool star for a year and will lessen the financial burden of the impending summer transfer window slightly.
Jurgen Klopp will have already set plans in motion for this summer and while it seems unlikely that he has any transfers sealed already as he had for Fabinho this time last season, negotiations with clubs and players will already be underway.
Under the German, the Reds have displayed exceptional recruitment in that they have signed the perfect personnel but have also done so in a timely fashion.
Acting quickly on their plans, Liverpool have ensured that key transfer targets weren’t snaked by rivals while enabling Klopp to enjoy full pre-season programmes with his new recruits.
This is key given the demanding nature of his style of play and as we’ve seen with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Naby Keita, sometimes players need even more time to adapt.
So ensuring that as many deals can be signed and sealed in the first month and a half of the window is absolutely vital.