Jurgen Klopp answers questions on Liverpool replacing Philippe Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp answers questions on Liverpool replacing Philippe Coutinho

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool had to sell Philippe Coutinho this month because he could not be sure of the Brazilian's commitment for the remainder of the season.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday in his pre-match press conference for their mouth-watering clash against Manchester City on Sunday that the club tried to keep the playmaker at Anfield.

Klopp added that it was ultimately his decision to sell the player, and that he had the authority to block the move, but after speaking to Coutinho on several occasions, it was clear that the player had no intention of staying.

Roberto is known for his flexibility and is fit for playing in the two positions which is something that Klopp is searching for.

"It's good for him, bad for the Premier League because he's one of the best players in the league", Sky Sports News quotes him as saying.

"We have open eyes through this transfer window but we will not make insane things". It was 100 percent clear, no chance.

"Could we use him still?" Acquiring Virgil Van Dijk is the flawless example of Klopp's transfer strategy as he didn't move for any other option in summer despite the defensive frailty and opted to wait for the Dutch centre-back who joined them from Southampton as soon as the window reopened and became an instant hero by scoring a late victor at Anfield in front of the Kops in a Merseyside derby to knock Everton out of the third round of the FA Cup competition. If you get an injury, if something happens in a game-you miss a ball, stuff like that-you think: 'I would love to miss it in Barcelona instead of Liverpool'.

"We have open eyes through this transfer window but we will not make insane things".

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Liverpool begin the post-Coutinho this weekend as they aim to become the first side to beat Pep Guardiola's runaway league leaders in domestic competition this season. Because I know we tried absolutely everything.

After a testing start to his Anfield career, having arrived on the final day of the August window, the England global is starting to show the sort of form that persuaded Klopp to spend £35m on him.

"It is actually scary as look at the actual amount of goals he scores, but also look at the amount of goals he missed - one versus one, not easy goals at the end of the day, because they are not easy".

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

However, despite laying praise at the rest of the Fab Four, it was Mohamed Salah in particular who the former Arsenal man tipped to replace Barcelona-bound Coutinho, waxing lyrical about his clever running. I believe he knew back in August that he would have to find an alternative for Coutinho.

Whether a midfield of Coutinho, Lallana and either Jordan Henderson or Emre Can would have worked is something we'll sadly never know.

Liverpool will not be signing prospective Philippe Coutinho replacements Riyad Mahrez or Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window, according to Alan Shearer.

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