I'm not angry over Coutinho — Klopp

Martin Keown Premier League

Martin Keown Premier League

It was 100 per cent clear, no chance.

"That was unlucky, it was an open game". The management blocked his move and Jurgen Klopp urged him to serve for at least this campaign as he constructed his side around the Brazilian.

"In a football way we should look to clarify something (after the 5-0 defeat)". But we tried everything [to keep Coutinho]. You, the club and the city will always be a part of me. However, Liverpool accepted the very generous offer, and Coutinho is now a Barcelona player, but Carragher can't comprehend why his old club let the player go now. Did I think I could still use him? We need to defend well and attack like we know we can.

Klopp dismissed suggestions that he was attempting to protect the club by allowing a wantaway player to leave. "You feel it, you know it, you hear it. You can read it out of reaction".

The absence of Coutinho this weekend will only help that quest.

"There is no doubt about the quality of Coutinho", the former Camp Nou boss told reporters. "Goals and creativity all over the team". "For me, there was no different decision possible".

Although Liverpool have been linked with several high-profile replacements for Coutinho, Klopp gave little away and straight-batted suggestions they are negotiating to bring in Naby Keita from RB Leipzig ahead of his scheduled arrival in the close season.

Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool, me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends. While some players such as Alexis Sanchez and Virgil Van Dijk lost form after being denied their summer move, Coutinho was the opposite.

He declared that since his arrival in October 2015, he "can have all the monies from transfers and more if needed" and that so far they have "got all the players" they have targeted. I wish Jürgen and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. Nobody cares about that anymore but it's the truth.

"You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three".

"Sadio Mané. Okay, you'd say not all the teams wanted him but they want him now", Klopp said.

Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has stressed that any move to replace Philippe Coutinho this month will have to be the "right" decision and no player will be brought in simply because the playmaker has left. At some point you need to accept it and that is what we did'. That's how it is.

"We don't play 'hero football'".

"It started in the summer".

Antonio Contes men dominated the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Wednesday but just could not find the breakthrough.

Kevin Murphy claims to be the biggest Liverpool fan in Cork, Ireland, and since the Reds' sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month he's offered a song of support for the Merseyside club. "But that won't happen".

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