Liverpool have pocketed a £4.3million bonus after a clause in the £142million transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona was triggered.
The Brazilian attacker endured a miserable return to Anfield as the La Liga championswere stunned by the Reds' remarkable fightback in the semi-final of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Some reports suggested that Barca's failure to reach the final would see Liverpool miss out on a potential windfall of £5million under the terms of the Coutinho deal which was agreed in January 2018.
Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona look dejected
Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona look dejected
However, the ECHO understands that a clause in fact stated that 5million Euros (£4.3million) would be paid to the Reds if Ernesto Valverde's side reached the quarter-finals of the competition this season.
With Barca having achieved that before being sensationally dumped out, Liverpool have still secured the hefty windfall.
 
Coutinho's future is increasingly uncertain in Spain after failing to live up to expectations.

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The 26-year-old, who has scored 21 goals in 74 appearances for the Catalan outfit, was hauled off in both legs of the semi-final against his former club.
Barca face the prospect of making a huge loss if they decide to sell Coutinho this summer