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Barcelona labelled as liars by Liverpool over shock Coutinho claim

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Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been in the middle of a summer-long tug of war between Barcelona and Liverpool.

The 25-year-old, hoping to secure a dream move to the Camp Nou, handed in a transfer request earlier this summer.

Liverpool held firm in their 'not for sale' stance and, despite endless speculation, Coutinho now remains a Liverpool player.

He's been 'injured' in the early stages of the 17/18 campaign but scored on his return for the Brazilian national team in a 2-0 win on Thursday night.

The Liverpool man's emotional celebration revealed exactly what he's been through over the summer.

He'll be expected to make his first appearance of the season for Liverpool when they face Manchester City at the Etihad next weekend.

Barcelona make huge claim

On Saturday morning, Barcelona's sporting director gave a press conference in which he made a shock revelation.

He claimed that Liverpool's 'not for sale' stance changed when Barcelona were offered Coutinho for a jaw-dropping fee of €200m.

“Yesterday, at the last minute, after weeks of offers and conversations, Liverpool put a price on a player that we wanted,” said Albert Soler, the club’s sporting director. “[It was] a price of €200m and we decided not to do it."

If true, Jurgen Klopp was hoping to receive just €22m less than what Barcelona were paid for Neymar.

Liverpool respond

The Telegraph's Chris Bascombe got in touch with Liverpool FC to get their side of the story.

The club's response was unequivocal.

Barcelona haven't exactly built an amicable relationship with the Merseyside club over the summer and could face an uphill struggle if (or when) they plan to return for Coutinho.

The Catalan giants did manage to complete the €150m signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund but that did little to halt the fan fury towards the board.

Brazilian superstar Neymar fell out with the club officials and was allowed to leave for PSG in a world record €222m deal.

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