Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Getty Liverpool will not sign a Philippe Coutinho replacement this month says Guillem Balague

Spanish side Barcelona have finally completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, parting ways with the sum of £142m to get the Brazilian magician on their books.

He has penned a five-and-a-half-year contract at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho's departure would be a blow to Liverpool, but it would allow Barcelona to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar last summer to Qatar-backed Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros.

Liverpool rejected three offers for Coutinho from the Catalan outfit last summer, with the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, then holding a firm not-for-sale stance.

Speculation surrounding Mahrez's City future has been rife this January transfer window and Liverpool are the latest club to be linked to the Algerian as they pick out possible Coutinho alternatives.

Klopp said the club had "hoped" they would be able to persuade the player to stay, adding: "The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain".

On announcing Couninho's signing, Barcelona hailed Coutinho as "a young player with potential still to be tapped".

WHEN Barcelona or Real Madrid come calling, top players rarely refuse the call.

The 25-year-old former Inter Milan man has revitalized his career in England after failing to impress at his former club.

"We all wish him the best, he's done marvellous service for Liverpool, he's had a really good six months".

He scored 41 goals in 152 Premier League appearances for the Reds, including seven in 14 matches this season.

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