So, instead of paying big to buy a new player, there have been suggestions that Liverpool could speed up the arrival of Naby Keita instead.
Liverpool signed the Guinea worldwide for a reported £50 million in the summer, with the player spending the subsequent season at RB Leipzig before linking up with his new teammates.
As details emerge of the measures Coutinho took to push through his Nou Camp transfer - committing £11.5 million of his own cash to meet Liverpool's valuation - his former club are considering how best to move on from his loss.
The report states that the Bundesliga outfit would consider allowing the Guinea worldwide to leave early for between £13m and £17.5m.
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Last week, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff cooled speculation that Keita could be on the move in January.
Considering Keita has a £48 million release clause that comes into play this summer, Liverpool would have spent around £65 million to sign him if he arrives in January.
The Guinean midfielder has been a key performer for RB Leipzig since joining a year and a half ago, but the 22-year-old will soon be at Anfield.
The German club is not short of funds owing to energy drinks company Red Bull's backing, but are said to want to raise funds to invest to keep with Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.
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