Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho

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Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool had "no other option" but to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Brazil worldwide ended a 14-month saga over his long-term future after finalising a £142 million move to Barcelona on Monday.

"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 would say it's a pretty easy answer. "If there is somebody who should be angry or disappointed it could be the manager of the club but I'm not because I know the club tried absolutely everything to convince Phil to stay and carry on together". The fact is he has gone now and we have to think 'What have we got that is going to get the job done?'.

Klopp has already had to offload one unhappy player in Coutinho after the Brazil worldwide made it clear he would not let a second attempt to sign him by Barcelona pass him by and the club eventually relented after a £142million offer was accepted. There was a moment where we had to accept that. And to use him as a player in the second half of the season... does it make sense?

'I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now. "That's over now, we can not do that anymore, so we made that decision".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident that Liverpool will manage to survive and thrive without the departed Philippe Coutinho.

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

"What we have to do is we have to step up".

'When Phil wasn't playing in the team for some games we still played great football and we still have incredible players who can score goals - the likes of Mo, Sadio, Roberto [Firmino], everyone else. "I haven't really even thought about Phil leaving".

"Until January 31 there are a lot of things that can happen in the transfer window, not only with Daniel".

Lallana has been one of Liverpool's most important players ever since Klopp walked through the door, but now he is needed at his best level more than ever before. A source has told ESPN FC that Liverpool are in dialogue with RB Leipzig about the possibility of bringing forward Naby Keita's move to Merseyside this month.

The chance to play with Klopp, even if it meant more time on the training field than the player would have liked, was one of the main things that drew Oxlade-Chamberlain to the club, and he's glad that it paid off.

"While some players such as Alexis Sanchez and Virgil Van Dijk lost form after being denied their summer move, Coutinho was the opposite".



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