Klopp: Coutinho money will go back into Liverpool team


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.

But Klopp downplayed rumours suggesting the Reds could move to bring Naby Keita to the club this month. While even the most ardent and optimistic of Liverpool fans will be skeptical about the news, the sudden slashing of odds in the betting market has certainly got a lot of transfer experts interested.

"To be honest, it was 100 per cent clear [there was] no chance". Until the City game, I think we were level and after that game we struggled a bit and City obviously used the momentum. Having five attack-minded players works for Guardiola but his team dominate possession to such an extent that you sometimes feel they could play with no defenders and still not concede, simply because the opponent often cannot get out of their own half.

It would also give Klopp the option of deploying him behind Roberto Firmino in a 4-2-3-1 system, directly filling the gaping hole Coutinho has left and catering for the development of a suitable ecosystem for fellow attackers Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah to thrive, occupying the wide roles.

"[In terms of] a replacement, first of all if we have to replace him internally, then we will go with open eyes through this transfer window, but we will not make insane things".

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"[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho". It is not that they say "You've got this but on the other hand we've done this and this and so you can not spend". You don't like to see friends go - Phil is a really good guy - and we wish him all the best.

Liverpool have a good squad, and with the money they have got, they can sign two or three world-class players. "If we do it in this window, I don't know".

Speaking with FC Barcelona, the 25-year-old could not hide his joy following his move to the Catalan giants describing it as a good New Year gift. In the summer he'll be here, that's what I know as well. But we tried everything [to keep Coutinho].

Liverpool are reeling from the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but according to latest reports on Sky Bet, the Reds are favourites ahead of both Manchester United and Barcelona to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann.

At Anfield they have quietly been rather stingy, only conceded four Premier League goals in 11 games this season.