Liverpool had 'no option' but to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona - Klopp

Liverpool had 'no option' but to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona - Klopp

It's the truth when he said he left Liverpool only for one club, Barcelona, and there was a moment when we had to accept that.

The Brazil worldwide completed a reported £142m move to the Spanish club last week to end speculation surrounding his long-term future at the Anfield outfit.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his options in midfield following Coutinho's departure and Riyad Mahrez, the Leicester City playmaker, has emerged as a top target.

Roberto is known for his flexibility and is fit for playing in the two positions which is something that Klopp is searching for.

Klopp continued: "So far we got all the players we wanted to have". That's the decision I have to make - does it make sense?

"You know I'm not a manager who counts all the money and goes to the owners and say we need this".

"The fact is he has gone now and we have to think 'What have we got that is going to get the job done?'".

Liverpool were handed a boost ahead of tomorrow's visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City with the return to training of 23-goal Mohamed Salah.

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"We had a lot of talks about different things, how we can do this or that, but if somebody denies things like that then it is clear the decision is done".

It would have been hard if we say, what we could have done of course, "look there's your contract you have to stay here" and to use him as a player in the second half of the season.

'I don't want to sound disrespectful because I really liked him. 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".

The one doubt surrounds whether Liverpool will move to replace Coutinho before the end of January or wait until the summer when the picture is likely to be clearer.

"He's a good guy we play against each other a couple of times - he's a fantastic player".

At this point of considering Hull City's Meyler as a replacement for Coutinho, it should be noted that Kevin is a character played by Amsterdam-based, Cork comedian Richy Sheehy - something Kevin gamely refutes. It's a normal thing and we have to make the best of it. But we will not make insane things. When we had this conversation around Phil Coutinho, I said the same - nothing to say - and I won't change that. He is a player of Leipzig.

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said: "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means it is hard and complicated to play there".

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