Saturday, 21 April, 2018

I had no option but to sell Philippe Coutinho - Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool Virgil van Dijk SKY SPORTS GETTYLiverpool will be in a similar situation with Van Dijk than they were with Coutinho reckons Souness
Lucia Summers | 14 January, 2018, 14:03

"Final decision, if I would have said "no way", the club would have said: 'OK, let's try.' But it was clear there was no chance".

Last August, the Reds agreed to pay over £50m for the 22-year-old Guinea global, with an agreement he would complete the move in the summer of 2018.

"I agree the £142 million fee is astronomical".

Coutinho completed a transfer to Barcelona on Monday in a deal which saw the Brazilian become the second most expensive player in world football. If someone wanted to have other players then it's my fault. For all his skill, Coutinho is not a midfield maestro who consistently has a decisive effect on matches as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Thiago Alcantara or Andres Iniesta do.

Monaco are open to selling Lemar in January, as the French side side are out of the Champions League and far off Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

'If they do not finish in the top four, everyone will point at Coutinho's sale'.

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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SKY SPORTSSouness is surprised Liverpool were able to complete the signing of Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool are now 7/2 favourites to sign Greizmann before February 3rd, ahead of Manchester United and Barcelona who are both at 14/1. Suarez won just the League Cup.

Klopp admitted that they can not convince "all players" to stay but that they must ensure to show them that "there is no need to leave from the sports side".

Liverpool suffered high-profile exits earlier as well and struggled to replace them for years. They panicked, believing they had to act to appease those who were demanding they reinvest.

From creating to scoring, Coutinho can do the lot. Huge sums were received and wasted.

Coutinho didn't win the English top-flight crown with Liverpool FC but came close in the 2013-14 season. They do not need to panic buy.

While the skilful Algerian may not be endowed with Coutinho's unbelievable passing range and ability to dictate the tempo of a game, Mahrez is entering the peak of his career and having spent three seasons in the Premier League, would certainly make an instant impact at Anfield. He can not play for Barcelona in the Champions League as he is ineligible, but two - even one - medal would be welcome because they would be the first club honors the Brazil midfielder, 25, has won.

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