Barcelona signed Coutinho at reduced price, says vice-president

Coutinho departs Anfield as the second-most expensive player in history

A summer deal would have been preferable to most associated with Liverpool, but with both Barca and Coutinho determined to get a deal done in January, owners FSG made one last bid to keep the No. 10 around.

The Brazilian playmaker passed a medical on Monday during which Barcelona doctors analysed the injury that kept him out of Liverpool's Premier League win over Burnley on 1 January.

A fee in the region of €160 million (£142 million) has been agreed between Liverpool and Barcelona for Brazilian footballer, Philippe Coutinho, reports say.

"Coutinho has an injury in his right thigh".

After signing the deal, Coutinho said: "I hope to live up to all the expectations on the pitch".

Barcelona said the midfielder is likely to be out for about three weeks, meaning the earliest he could realistically make his debut is the Catalan derby against Espanyol on 4 February. The effort of Barcelona, the president, the directors.

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Barcelona began the hunt for Coutinho, who spent five years on Merseyside, after his countryman, Neymar, moved to PSG last season.

"We had a good season [at Liverpool], nearly winning the Premier League. they were good moments".

"Lots of success in this new stage [sic], we will achieve them all together!"

Coutinho's debut will have to wait because of his injury, but the player is anxious to make an impact at his new home.

After donning the full Blaugrana kit for the first time and being greeted by more than 7,000 fans at the Camp Nou, he added: "I'm living a dream. My job is to work hard to be available".

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