Liverpool have 'secret transfer agreement' with Barcelona after £142m Philippe Coutinho deal

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That is why, when they sold Coutinho, they inserted a clause into his contract that prevented Barcelona from signing any Liverpool players until the year 2021.

Barcelona previously signed Luis Suarez from the Merseysiders in a controversial deal in 2014.

After a long and protracted transfer saga, Philippe Coutinho left Anfield for Camp Nou last January despite Liverpool having been initially adamant that he was not for sale at any price.

The Uruguay global effectively forced his move to the Nou Camp despite the Reds being desperate to keep him.

Sky Sports News had revealed earlier that Liverpool had rejected three bids from Barcelona last summer, prompting the player to eventually hand in a transfer request at that time, but Klopp remained adamant about his stand of not selling the player that transfer window.

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The move did finally occur with Coutinho's persistent wish to leave Anfield, however the Reds made sure they made a significant profit on the former Inter Milan man, who joined Liverpool for £8.5million in January 2013.

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have both been linked with Barcelona in recent months, however the clause all but ensures that they would be unable to afford the significant transfer fees.

The deal won't stop Liverpool from making their move to sign troubled Barca star Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona leads the Spanish league with 24 points, one point ahead of Athletico Madrid, which is in third place on goal differential behind Sevilla.

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