‘Liverpool had no other option but to sell £145m Coutinho’
- Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool faced an impossible task to keep Philippe Coutinho as his commitment in the second half of the season could not be guaranteed.
Liverpool’s Manager faced the media for the first time since the Brazilian’s £145million transfer to Barcelona and was quick to wish Coutinho well on his new adventure in Spain, as well as thanking him for his efforts during his time at Anfield.
Klopp, however, made it clear the decision to sell arguably his most important player was taken because Coutinho’s heart and mind were already in Barcelona; regardless of the fact he had a long-term deal on Merseyside, it became apparent that Liverpool’s task was impossible.
Having experienced the trauma of last summer, when Barcelona had three rejected bids for Coutinho, Klopp knew the winter window would present problems of a similar scale. It became clear that the time was right to sell the 25-year-old.
‘I knew it would come up again in this transfer window,’ said Klopp, ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with Manchester City. ‘It could have been very difficult if we had done what we could have done (and said) – “There’s your contract and you have to stay here!”
‘To use him as a player in the second half of the season (would have been hard). That was a decision I have to make. Does it make sense? Do I think I can still use him? Can he help us still? And to be honest, it was 100 per cent clear: no chance.