Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Liverpool fought hard to keep Philippe Coutinho at the club, and that there was nothing more that the club could do.
The Reds’ turned down a series of mega money bids for the Brazilian in the summer, holding firm in their determined stance that he was not for sale. However, Barcelona finally landed their man this month, completing a deal worth £142million.
Klopp says that the club were desperate to keep the former Inter Milan teenager but were forced to accept that he had his heart set on a dream switch to the Nou Camp.
Klopp explained that it was impossible to keep the 25-year old when speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday. He said;
There was no other option.
If there is somebody maybe who should be angry, massively disappointed, in this case, then it could be the manager of the club the player is leaving.
But I am not [angry], because I know we tried absolutely everything to convince Phil to stay here and carry on going together with us.
It was his dream [to move to Barca] and it is the truth when I say he left Liverpool for only one club and we really had to accept that.
The club was fighting until the last second and tried everything.
It would have been very difficult if we had said, which we could have done, ‘look, here is your contract and you have to stay here’, and to use him in the second half of the season.
Klopp says that the club may use the money to fund Coutinho’s replacement this month, but that it will only be for the right player.