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Liverpool told Barcelona six words on the phone about €200m Coutinho demands

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Liverpool fans, rejoice - Philippe Coutinho is going nowhere.

Following months of speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, the Brazilian will be staying at Anfield until the the winter transfer window at least.

Barca will reportedly renew their interest next summer after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, at which point Liverpool will be more open to selling.

But for now, Coutinho very much remains a Liverpool player after the Reds told Barcelona on Friday night that they wanted at least €200 million for any deal to go ahead.

This is according to Barcelona director Albert Soler, who today revealed they decided to end their interest following a conversation with Liverpool over the phone.

"Late last night Liverpool priced the player we wanted at €200 million, and we decided we would not do it," said Soler, per the Guardian. "It's a sign of the new era of football, one which isn't led by clubs.

"Something has to change, we won't play along with this new way of understanding football.

"We are in a market where you pay €50 million for a goalkeeper. We will not play along with a market that may not have lost its way entirely, but something has changed.

"This board will not put the club at risk."

Barcelona's board has come under increased pressure this summer for failing to land their top targets and now a vote of no confidence has been filed against them.

The Blaugrana are so used to getting what they want, so it was a shock to the system when Liverpool so defiantly told them Coutinho was not for sale.

Liverpool deserve huge credit for holding firm. Barca were prepared to pay £138 million for Coutinho, which is an obscene amount of money, yet the Reds were not interested.

Further details of their phone call have now emerged via Guillem Balague, who claims Liverpool gave Barcelona a powerful six-word ultimatum when they revealed their demands.

"We will start talking from €200m" is what Liverpool said which, as we know, Barca balked at and admitted defeat. Bossed.

Jurgen Klopp now has a selection dilemma on his hands, with Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge all options going forward.

Coutinho could also play in Liverpool's midfield three, but that would mean dropping one of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson or Georginio Wijnaldum. Decisions, decisions.

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