Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Klopp Explains Why Liverpool Sold Coutinho

Klopp Explains Why Liverpool Sold Coutinho

"I didn't see it like that", he said, before reiterating that Coutinho's determination to push through a move left Liverpool with only one option. "I have nothing to say about all the rest". We all know that.

"It is exactly like everybody knows - it was his dream and it's the truth when I say he left Liverpool only for one club and that was Barcelona".

"It was his dream and there was a moment where we really had to accept that".

It does have a significant Anfield hoodoo to overcome, having last won at the famous Merseyside ground in May 2003, but the departure of influential playmaker Coutinho for £142million earlier this week might offer grounds for encouragement. "We knew it when the club tried everything".

"If the club said after the first call "good idea, we wanted to call you actually because we don't want to have him" then it would be different", he told reporters on Friday. It's not that there was an open question or something and in the end 50 per cent pro, 50 per cent contra and I had to make the decision. That's the situation and we are already used to it, it's now pretty much a week ago. "No chance. He was not ready to do that anymore".

The Brazilian has 16 goals and a further eight assists in all competitions for the Reds this term, and he is unlikely to slow down anytime soon with the Anfield club looking imperious going forward.

As preparation for a big game, selling a top player is hardly ideal and that would have been reflected on the training ground. "You always need to react". It is all about the atmosphere in the club. That would be not too cool. Use it, don't suffer because of it.

Klopp said that Liverpool could enter the market to try and find a replacement for Coutinho, but said they wouldn't make any "crazy" moves as he did not think it was necessary.

"If we do it, it has to be the right decision".

"We will get all the money", Klopp said.

"We will have 11 players and we've played fantastic football without Phil". When I lived here, we liked the city in the way we liked Rio, which is where I am from.

Coutinho goes after five years without a trophy.

"We have open eyes through this transfer window but we will not make insane things". "There's a lot of noise around what's happening and that can make things a bit hard". That's how it is. He posted an emotional farewell message, saying that Liverpool will always be a part of him. "I haven't really even thought about Phil leaving".

"Of course, is a master of the counter attack, so they're a team who can arrive in the finishing area in three or four touches".

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