Liverpool priced out of replacing Coutinho in January, says Klopp

Date published: Friday 2nd February 2018 7:44

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he could have made another move in the January transfer window after the departures of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Coutinho finally sealed his £142million transfer to Barcelona at the start of the window, while Sturridge moved to West Brom the day before deadline day to leave Klopp’s attacking options a bit light.

The German though, who splashed out £75million on Virgil van Dijk, was not prepared to pay “completely crazy money” for a replacement for Coutinho and he was focused on remaining cool and not rushing into a panic buy.

“Unfortunately our business is only from the outside that easy. You miss a player for a week and you think ‘okay, we need another player,'” said Klopp.

“Yes, we could have done something. But we need really the right thing. The right thing now, you don’t get. The 100 percent right thing, only for completely crazy money that really makes no sense. I’m not even sure that would work. And in the summer it looks different.

“That’s how it is. To do something just to have any solution that makes no real sense, to be honest.”

“People obviously ask ‘bring him in’ because someone is injured and you need somebody else, but then the other one is coming again and you weaken both or the third one, it makes no sense.

“In this situation, you really need to stay cool. It’s more difficult when you’ve lost two games but you need to be serious still.”

The Liverpool boss also revealed Adam Lallana – a player he has hopes can fill the boots of Coutinho – remains a doubt to face Tottenham this week.

Lallana, who was injured for the first half of the season, has picked up a fresh knock, although only minor.

“It’s really unlucky,” Klopp added. “It was a really serious injury in the summer. Because of Adam’s quality and attitude in training it looks immediately like we can put him in, [but] physical-wise he’s not fit.

“The two things that happened after his big injury were in the 10 or 15 minutes after he came on. From nil to 100 in a second, and that’s maybe what caused the problem.

“We really tried to be sensible with it, to do the right thing. But it didn’t work, twice. It’s really not a big thing [the latest injury], three games is like not being injured.

“He’s maybe available for Tottenham, and if not then he’ll have missed three games. That’s really okay but of course it’s not cool. The body needs to adapt again to the intensity.”


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