Liverpool have recently sold attacking midfield starlet Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million, and the Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp says that he is only going to replace the player if they can find a suitable replacement for the Brazilian.
Klopp is insistent that they won’t be bringing in any player purely to make up the numbers because Coutinho has left and because they have got some spare change, but the deal must be right for the club to move for a player.
Liverpool may lack some creativity with the departure of the 25-year-old, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Adam Lallana could fill in this area should Klopp want a player to play in a similar role to the Brazilian.
Despite the Brazilian leaving the club this month he played an important role in the Reds’ recent form, particularly in December, where he became undroppable at some stages only for him to now move on to a dream move of Spain.
Klopp spoke about the situation of replacing Coutinho;
If we do something then it needs to be the right decision. We don’t have to replace him in this window, we have to step up. We’ll have 11 players and we played fantastic football without Phil.
I don’t want to sound disrespectful because I really liked him. He was five years here. It’s how it is, you miss a person. If you don’t miss him, something would have been wrong when you were together.
The boss continued saying that the Reds must not sit still after the departure;
We only have to carry on. We had fantastic games with him and not that good games with him, we played good without and not that good with him. We all know that. We are already used to it. It’s now pretty much a week ago.
We have to go with open eyes through this transfer window, you can imagine, but we will not make crazy things. ‘Right’ before ‘expensive’.