Liverpool expected to soon land bonus Barcelona payment for Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool will soon land a £17million add-on fee from their sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona with the Brazilian closing in on 100 appearances for the club.

As part of the £121.5million transfer of Coutinho to Barca in January 2018, add-on fees were included in the deal and one relates to an additional appearance-based fee.

Once Coutinho reaches 100 appearances for Barcelona, they will have to pay Liverpool £17.1million or 20million Euros as part of their agreement from three years ago.

At present, Coutinho has played 90 times for Barca and could reach 100 appearances and trigger the clause as early as October 27 away to Rayo Vallecano.

The 29-year-old Brazil international would likely have already triggered the clause had it not been for a poor first full season in Spain and a serious knee injury last season.

Barcelona paid a joint club record fee for Coutinho in January 2018 after he had provided 20 goals and assists in 20 games in the first half of the season.

Having arrived at the Nou Camp halfway through the 2017/18 season, Coutinho went on to make 22 appearances before the end of the campaign.

In this period he was still able to score nine goals for the club and provide seven assists for his team-mates as Barca won a La Liga and Copa del Rey double.

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The following campaign was disappointing for the former Inter Milan midfielder, however, as he produced the same number of goal involvements in a much higher number of matches.

Appearing 54 times in 2018/19, Coutinho notched 11 goals but provided just five assists but was able to win a second consecutive league title.

His poor form led to a season-long loan at Bayern Munich the next season, where Coutinho scored 11 and assisted nine in 38 appearances as Bayern won the treble.

On his return to Barca last season, a serious knee injury limited Coutinho to 14 appearances to bring his tally for the club to 90 matches.

He missed a total of 33 matches as he was left sidelined from December until August but returned to the matchday squad against Getafe before the international break.

Coutinho had been strongly linked with a move back to the Premier League this summer with Barca keen to avoid paying the add-on fee to Liverpool.

However, despite a number of clubs being interested he remains at the Nou Camp for at least another few months and will likely have more opportunities this campaign.

The departure of Lionel Messi will likely give Coutinho more playing time under Ronald Koeman and he is currently the only senior out and out attacking midfielder at the club.

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