Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Liverpool midfielder, spoke about losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and he also insisted that he believes that the team will be able to continue with performances like that even without him.
Philippe Coutinho was bought by Barcelona as he had previously insisted that he wanted to join the Catalonian side – so there was no other option for Liverpool but to sell him. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that the rest of the “fabulous four” – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané – will be able to continue even without Coutinho.
The former Arsenal player spoke about this loss as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I haven’t really even thought about Phil leaving. You realise it happens but you can’t start thinking ‘What are we going to do now that Phil is not here?’ It can’t be that at all. It’s business as usual. When Phil wasn’t in the team we still played great football and we have still amazing players who can score goals – the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio, Roberto.”
He continued by adding that he believes that they will be able to move on: “The fact is he has gone now and we have to think ‘What have we got that is going to get the job done?’. I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now. I don’t think it should affect us at all. When a big player leaves, a big player leaves. You’re at a big club like Liverpool, another big player will come in the future.”
In the end, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain claimed that it is also an opportunity for him to shine: “Of course it’s an opportunity for me, just as it is for all the rest of the boys who want to play there. It is our job to keep the wheels moving and momentum going.”