According to the Reds manager, his team didn’t stand a chance against Bayern Munich as they didn’t have the money to buy Coutinho.
During the summer transfer window, there were some rumors that Philippe Coutinho might return to Liverpool.
But in the end, the Brazilian joined German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
And today Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed his team couldn’t afford to sign Coutinho.
“It sounds weird, but we could not afford it,” Klopp said according to The Mirror.
“We have already spent the money that we got for him.”
“He’s a super player and a super boy,” he added.
“We were reluctant to hand it over at the time, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak.”
“He is a player who can change games for the positive. It’s not that nice for Dortmund, but it’s a great transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga,” he commented.
And it was Barcelona who cleared everything up regarding the money he will receive for playing with the Bavarians.
“FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Philippe Coutinho to the German club for the 2019/20 season,” the Blaugrana wrote.
“Bayern Munich will pay 8.5 million euros and the player’s wages. The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at 120 million euros.”
“FC Barcelona would like to thank to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career,” they concluded.
— Philipe Coutinho (@Phil_Coutinho) February 14, 2019