Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, spoke about Philippe Coutinho’s departure from the club and he also admitted that he wasn’t given any other choice but to sell him to Barcelona.
The German coach insisted that he tried to convince Coutinho to stay after Liverpool decided to reject numerous offers back in summer but he failed to do so – and the Brazilian was sold for a fee of £146m. Klopp fought hard to keep his star player with the club but in the end, the amount of money wasn’t the most important thing in this transfer as Coutinho was decided to complete this move…
The former Inter Milan player left and the German coach spoke about this situation as he said, according to Sky Sports: “There was no other option. If there is somebody maybe who should be angry, massively disappointed, in this case, then it could be the manager of the club the player is leaving. But I am not [angry], because I know we tried absolutely everything to convince Phil to stay here and carry on going together with us.”
He continued by adding that it was Coutinho’s dream: “It was his dream [to move to Barca] and it is the truth when I say he left Liverpool for only one club and we really had to accept that. The club was fighting until the last second and tried everything. It would have been very difficult if we had said, which we could have done, ‘look, here is your contract and you have to stay here’, and to use him in the second half of the season.”
In the end, Jürgen Klopp claimed that they will be able to continue with their performances even without Coutinho: “We don’t have to replace him. What we have to do is we have to step up. We played fantastic football without Phil.I don’t want to sound disrespectful because I really liked him but we only have to carry on. We had fantastic games with him and not that good games with him. We have open eyes through this transfer window but we will not make crazy things.”