Coutinho would not have played again for Liverpool, indicates Jurgen Klopp

Tuesday, 16 Jan, 2018

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool had "no other option" but to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona after it became clear there was "no chance" the Brazilian could play for the Reds in the second half of the season. Coutinho's move was the second most expensive football transfer in history and the biggest involving a British club.

As reported by BBC Sport, Liverpool will receive a total of £142m as transfer fee from the sale of Brazil global attacking midfielder to Coutinho.

The Belgium assistant advocated for summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a good option to have in Klopp's squad, with the Englishman impressing in his limited opportunities since his £35m switch from Arsenal. It is a pretty easy answer.... "I haven't really even thought about Phil leaving".

In terms of the game tomorrow, I'll be very interested to see how Guardiola's team copes with man of the moment Mohamed Salah. However, Liverpool accepted the very generous offer, and Coutinho is now a Barcelona player, but Carragher can't comprehend why his old club let the player go now. Of course, we can lose the title because you never know what is going to happen in the next 13 or 14 games we have to play.

Liverpool manager Klopp insists Liverpool have their "eyes open" as they look to sign a replacement for Coutinho in January.

"But we want to play good football without Phil".

"I love that, but that doesn't mean we will win against Man City, but that does mean we can be really hard for City". "You have to accept it".

The reverse fixture went badly for Liverpool at the Etihad in September but they could have been two up in the first 20 minutes of that game and had Sadio Mane sent-off before City cut loose and beat them 5-0.

Klopp declares: "I know the club tried everything to convince Phil to stay and carry on together with us". "If we do something... we don't need to "replace" him, we need to step up". You always have to react.

"You know players are different".

"We will be fine without him", said Kevin.

Coutinho, meanwhile, is now in the process of working his way back to fitness after being ruled out for 20 days with a thigh injury after completing his £142 million move to the Camp Nou. He was not in team training so far.

Jurgen Klopp's men are one of five Premier League teams through to the knockout stages of Europe's top competition, providing encouragement that an English team could lift the trophy for the first time since 2012. "It's not one hero and the rest try to help them a little bit", he declared.