Philippe Coutinho U-turn means Liverpool are set for huge financial windfall

Philippe Coutinho's future was up in the air only a few weeks ago.

The Brazilian, while on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, won the Champions League with German giants last season, knocking his parent club out of the competition along the way with two goals in the quarter-final.

The fact Coutinho celebrated the goals appeared to suggest the writing was on the wall, and the fact Bayern Munich weren't looking to make the loan deal permanent, suggested the midfielder's summer would be a speculation-packed journey filled with twists and turns.

But, in fact, the opposite happened.

Barcelona's summer was anything but quiet with Lionel Messi handing in a transfer request and Luis Suarez being forced out of the club.

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But, perhaps surprisingly, Coutinho stayed put.

New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is clearly impressed with what he has seen from the Brazilian, and just like that Coutinho is back in favour at the Camp Nou.

So much so, in fact, that Koeman is ready to make him the new focal point of his system – the playmaker, the number 10.

Coutinho was utilised in this role in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Villarreal last time out, and made an impressive 43 successful passes from 47 attempted.

The Brazilian also completed three successful dribbles and assisted Ansu Fati to score.

Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona back in 2018, and earned £106million up front along with the promise of a further £36m in add-ons.

Liverpool have since received the vast majority of this fee, but are still owed a further £4.4m.

Coutinho is now just 14 appearances away from triggering this final bonus, and is certain to do so this season given his newfound importance to Barcelona.

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