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Report: Barcelona lined up January deal with Liverpool; Jurgen Klopp pulls plug

Barcelona tried to strike a January deal with Liverpool, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp said no to the idea, however.

This comes from Catalonian outlet El Nacional. They claim that Barcelona had a deal in mind for Liverpool this January.

Barcelona hoped to send Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield on loan. This would get his wages off the books and make things more comfortable as they aim to rebuild their squad.

Coutinho would certainly agree to a Liverpool move, given his success there. The Reds, too, would welcome back a player they didn’t want to lose in the first place.

All is well – apart from that last bit. As it turned out, Jurgen Klopp wasn’t / isn’t willing to have Coutinho back at the club, having been let down by his attitude back in 2017.

This one never got off the ground, then, and Barcelona will have to look elsewhere if they want to shift Coutinho. He won’t be returning to Liverpool.

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It does all add up – though, El Nacional include a part in their story that claims Barcelona may have to pay money to Liverpool once Coutinho plays 100 games for them.

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That isn’t the case, as we explained here.

But the rest checks out with other reports. Mundo Deportivo says Liverpool did look into the idea over the summer, while Sport claims it was on the table, too.

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And the Klopp part certainly makes sense. Per the Athletic, Klopp was very ‘unimpressed’ with Coutinho’s attitude over his final few months at Liverpool. To the point where he was very willing to sell the player.

It was actually John Henry who stayed firm and rejected Barcelona’s initial approaches. Klopp, it seems, is the one who needed convincing.

So now, we can’t see Coutinho arriving back on Merseyside unless Everton fancy paying another misfit playmaker a lot of money. As much as it would suit Barcelona, the Brazilian won’t return to Liverpool.

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