Liverpool midfielder insists Coutinho not in his thoughts anymore

Date published: Friday 12th January 2018 9:26

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the club are well equipped to deal with the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

After a long and drawn out transfer saga, Coutinho eventually completed his move to the Catalan giants earlier in the month for a fee of £142million.

The Brazilian’s departure potentially presents a new opportunity to Oxlade-Chamberlain, whom Klopp could now allow to take on an even more attacking role.

Despite Coutinho being a huge loss to the club, the England international believes such transfers are simply par for the course.

“I’ve got every respect for Phil and his decisions, I wish him all the best but he is not in my thoughts right now,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“He can’t affect the score versus Manchester City. I’m more concerned about what I can do, what Mo [Salah] can do, what Sadio [Mane] can do, what whoever is playing will do because we are the boys now that will get the right result for the club.

“I haven’t really even thought about Phil leaving. You pay it attention and you realise it happens but you can’t start thinking, ‘What are we going to do now that Phil is not here?’ It can’t be that at all. It’s business as usual.

 

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“When Phil wasn’t playing in the team for some games we still played great football and we still have amazing players who can score goals – the likes of Mo, Sadio, Roberto, everyone else. We have goals and creativity all over the team. Obviously Phil added to that, there is no doubt. The fact is he has gone now we have to think, ‘what have we got that is going to get the job done?’”

The former Arsenal man also admitted that while they have lost a star player, being at a club such as Liverpool means that other great players will arrive.

“I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now. I don’t think it should affect us at all,” he said.

“At a massive club like Liverpool people are going to come and go. It is our job to keep the wheels moving and keep the momentum going. He was an amazing player and he did great things for Liverpool. You want as many good players as you can.

“But that’s football, that’s the business that we are in. People come, people go. Great players will leave clubs and the clubs will bring in great players.

“We have just brought in Virgil [Van Dijk] and what an amazing addition he has been in the short time he has been here. He has brought that air of confidence and his persona. That has been a big lift for us. I can only talk for myself.

“When a big player leaves it is what it is. You’re at a big club like Liverpool, another big player will come in the future. That is the way football works. You just have to get on with it.”

 

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