Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, says they got “exactly the situation we wanted” after Philippe Coutinho stayed with the club despite bids from Barcelona.
Barca’s final offer for the Brazil midfielder was worth up to £118million.
The Reds rejected the bid and Coutinho, who submitted a transfer request, will stay at Anfield for the new season, while the Catalans eventually got Ousmaned Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for £97m.
Klopp says Coutinho will be welcomed back into the squad.
“We have our situation and Dortmund has another,” Klopp told German media outlet SPORT1, when asked about Barcelona’s failed pursuit of Coutinho.
“Don’t believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over.
“We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other.
“Dortmund decided the player (Dembele) would leave them, so I cannot compare the two situations.
“We still have a really good player in the squad who can play.”