The injury of the Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, can see that Liverpool loses a full 18 million pounds due to the transfer agreement from Barcelona.
The Brazilian was forced to come out with a serious knee problem in the 1-1 draw with Eibar on Tuesday and Barca would later confirm the extent of his injury.
“Tests performed on first team player Philippe Coutinho have shown that the midfielder has a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee.”
“The treatment will require arthroscopic surgery which will take place in the coming days,” said the official statement of Barcelona.
Not only is it bad news for Barcelona, but it could also come at a cost to Liverpool, Coutinho’s former team.
That’s because there was a clause in the 2 142m deal that took him from Anfield to the Camp Nou stipulating that Barcelona would pay Barca 18 18m when Coutinho makes 100 appearances for the Catalan club.
He is currently in the figure of 90 appearances, only ten away from the 100, but the serious injury means that he now faces a long absence and may not play for Barça anymore.
There were reports from the newspaper Sport which suggested Barca were looking to remove him in the January deadline before he reached 100 appearances so they did not have to pay the bonus.
Coutinho spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich and won the historic treble, scoring infamously twice as a substitute in his mother club’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-final victory.
Bayern decided not to sign him permanently for 120 million euros and so he returned to Barcelona, where he made 14 appearances and scored three times.
Now out of action for months, it seems increasingly difficult for Liverpool to get the extra milionë 18m for Coutinho. / Telegraph /