Liverpool insisted upon unusual clause in Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona contract

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Coutinho signed for Barcelona on 6 January 2018 after a lengthy transfer battle with Liverpool.

To prevent another approach from Barca, Liverpool insisted upon a clause in Coutinho's contract that forbid Barcelona from signing any of their players for three years, one of which has nearly passed.

Liverpool's sporting director Michael Edwards struck an agreement with Barcelona during the sale of Philippe Coutinho, forbidding them from buying a Reds player until 2020.

The Uruguay worldwide effectively forced his move to the Nou Camp despite the Reds being desperate to keep him.

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That summer, Liverpool refused to allow the player to move, although the final deal was very similar to what the Premier League club finally accepted in the winter, and in the face of the player's repeated requests to be allowed to leave. Barca came back in for him in the winter window, breaking up Liverpool's superstar quartet of attackers and, presumably, incurring the $114-million premium.

Coutinho followed Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano to the Nou Camp; all three of those deals weakening the squad at Anfield.

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have both been linked with Barcelona in recent months, however the clause all but ensures that they would be unable to afford the significant transfer fees.

Barca sit top of La Liga, a point ahead of Sevilla after 12 games and four points in front of rivals Real Madrid.

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