Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool won’t ‘go crazy’ replacing Philippe Coutinho

Date published: Friday 12th January 2018 1:29

Liverpool boss says Jurgen Klopp says they will not make crazy things happen in the transfer window as they chase a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian left for Barcelona for £142million on Monday and Klopp suggested that Liverpool may not sign a direct replacement for Coutinho.

He did though admit the club would not pay ridiculous money for anyone with January’s transfer window a vastly-inflated market

“If we do it, it has to be the right decision. We don’t have to replace him as such, we will still have 11 players,” Klopp said at today’s news conference ahead of Sunday’s tussle with Man City.

“I don’t want to sound disrespectful, he was here for five years, we will miss him. But we want to play good football without Phil.

“We had fantastic games with him and not so good games with him, and the same when he didn’t play.

“We go with open eyes. We will not make crazy things.”

Klopp maintains the club did everything in their power to keep hold of Coutinho, but the midfielder was intent on sealing his dream move to Barcelona.

“We made that decision. That is it. There was no other option.

“We tried everything to convince him to stay here and carry on together,” said Klopp.

“It was his dream and it is the truth when I say he would only leave for one club. We were fighting until the last second and tried everything.

“I knew it would come up again in the transfer window and I knew it would be very difficult. Does it make sense? Do I think we can still use him? It was 100 percent clear, no chance.

“He wasn’t ready to do it anymore. He did fantastic in the first-half of the season after what happened in the summer.”

Asked how Liverpool would respond to losing Coutinho, in arguably the toughest game of the season against leaders Man City, Klopp added: “Phil was a fantastic player but he still wanted to leave and now he is there and we are still here.

“This club in the past suffered a little too much after Sterling, Suarez and it is normal. But we have to make the best of it and we have fantastic players here.

“If we struggle in the next few games, it isn’t because Coutinho isn’t here anymore, it is because of the team.”

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