Klopp Explains Why Liverpool Sold Coutinho

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Nou Camp chiefs previously attempted to end Coutinho's stay at Anfield last summer but were routinely denied despite tabling three successive bids.

Before the completion of his move to Barcelona, Coutinho had registered six assists for Liverpool in 14 games.

Klopp declared that Liverpool did their all to keep the 25-year-old, but insisted that forcing him to stay against his will would not have been worth it. "We don't have to replace him as such, we will still have 11 players", Klopp said at today's news conference ahead of Sunday's tussle with Man City. Chamberlain feels that the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are good enough to make up for Coutinho's absence.

"So we have to carry on".

He added: "If the club said after the first call [from Barcelona said] "good idea, we wanted to call you actually because we don't want to have him" then it would be different".

"If we struggle in the next few games, it isn't because Coutinho isn't here anymore, it is because of the team". "You have to accept it".

While Mahrez doesn't seem to be Klopp's priority, the price tag is putting him off Lemar. That would be not too cool.

"But it was not possible to do it again", Klopp said.

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. You can read it out of reaction. Do I think I can still use him? 'Philippe Coutinho is a world-class player but if he's not 100 per cent, he's not that worldwide class or Premier League class any more. "But I could not decide differently". According to their sources, Liverpool are keeping a tab on the Argentine global and they state that this is a move that could go through before the end of the season. "That is easy because we still have fantastic players here".

Liverpool suffered high-profile exits earlier as well and struggled to replace them for years. We are already used to it. Liverpool have to defend their whole history. It is a massive profit from five years ago when Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers in charge, paid Inter Milan £8.5 million for the midfielder after former manager Rafa Benitez, then coach of Inter, recommended him to his former club.

Klopp continued: "The owners are completely on my side".

"The fact is he has gone now and we have to think 'What have we got that is going to get the job done?'". The Reds are grinding out results in Coutinho's absence, yet a big money recruit will be a statement of intent from the management who now needs to earn the supporters trust and ensure they have not become a "selling club". He can not play for Barcelona in the Champions League as he is ineligible, but two - even one - medal would be welcome because they would be the first club honors the Brazil midfielder, 25, has won.

Liverpool remain a top, top team. "We have these players". But we will not make insane things.

While it appeared Philippe Coutinho was set to don the No.14 shirt, previously worn by footballing icon Johan Cruyff and more recently Thierry Henry, he's now set to take another shirt number.

Jurgen Klopp wasn't sure of the Brazilian's true commitment to the club, and once someone's heart may not be in it, a change of scenery is best for all involved. That's not how it will be.

"We don't play "hero football". They can rest one or two. "I haven't really even thought about Phil leaving". City like to play out from the back and will always give you a chance, which is why Lallana could be a real difference-maker this weekend.

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