Klopp insists Liverpool had ‘no other option’ but to sell Coutinho to Barcelona
Liverpool were left with no option but to sell Philippe Coutinho this month despite trying everything to convince him to say, claims Jurgen Klopp.
‘This was his dream. He would only leave Liverpool for one club. The club was fighting until the last second to keep Phil.
‘It would have been difficult to say no and then use him in the second half of the season.
Coutinho was denied a move to the Nou Camp last summer despite handing in a transfer request as Liverpool rejected all overtures from the Spanish club.
But his determination to make the move a reality proved too strong and a £145m offer from Barcelona was accepted this month.
Klopp also insisted that Liverpool do not need to replace the Brazilian playmaker in this transfer window.
‘We don’t have to replace him; what we have to do is step up. We will have 11 players, we’ve played fantastic football without Phil.
‘First of all we have to replace him internally. We have our eyes open in this window but we won’t do crazy things.’