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The person who said Barcelona had to pay £183m for Philippe Coutinho has been revealed

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In the final few days of the transfer window, the speculation surrounding Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho really intensified.

For much of the summer, the mercurial playmaker had been identified by Barcelona as the ideal man to replace Neymar, who had joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £197m deal.

Ernesto Valverde's side tabled three bids for the 25-year-old, but each time, they were rebuffed by Liverpool's stubborn hierarchy.

On Spanish deadline day, Barca finally threw in the towel after they realised they would never be able to alter the club's stance.

Then, there was another twist shortly after, with reports suggesting that in the final hours, Liverpool offered Coutinho to the Spanish giants for a staggering £183m fee.

Barca turned it down and then shortly after, the Reds denied ever entering into any sort of negotiations.

It's been a rollercoaster of a ride, with most of the chapters in the saga answered and now, there is finally a new one to the last minute offer.

According to a Mundo Deportivo journalist, the £183m offer did not come from Liverpool, instead, it came from Coutinho's agent, Kia Joorabchian.

Clearly, he was trying to provoke Barca into offering an astronomical fee for Coutinho, one which Klopp's side may have begrudgingly accepted.

Now, Liverpool will look to welcome the Brazilian back into their first-team plans after announcing him as part of their Champions League squad for 2017/18.

Coutinho will take part in Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Tuesday night and will then board a private jet back to Melwood.

Klopp has specifically said that the playmaker has a big role this season, despite being unsettled.

“We still have a really good player in the squad who can play,” she said to German media outlet SPORT1.

“Don’t believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over.

“We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other.”

The Manchester City game on Saturday should be too soon for him to return, but in the near future, Coutinho will likely reprise his role in Liverpool's midfield.

With Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah thriving as an attacking trident, injecting Coutinho's creativity into the mix will surely turn the Reds into an even more potent force.

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