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Coutinho would not have played again for Liverpool, indicates Jurgen Klopp

14 January 2018

Stated the Reds boss when asked about the life after Philippe Coutinho and how he will cope up following the Brazilian's egress.

'But I would be very surprised if they got anyone in to replace Coutinho this month. We had fantastic games with him and not that good games with him. The financial reward is vast. So is the risk.

Hazard has won two Premier League titles in three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte.

"I haven't really even thought about Phil leaving", Oxlade-Chamberlain said ahead of Sunday's visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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'You can not use him if he's not 100 per cent, ' he said.

"And of course, now Coutinho's not there, in the middle, with the talent that he has, but Wijnaldum and Emre Can, and Lallana's come back, so these are guys who have energy, they are strong, they are good at set pieces".

"You lose the grip".

'I know they're trying to get the [Naby] Keita move brought forward, rather than the end of the season.

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However, the Sky Sports pundit also argues that the current Liverpool squad is better "balanced" than when they lost key players in the past, such as Xabi Alonso in 2009, Fernando Torres in 2011 and Luis Suarez in 2014.

"It would have been very hard if we say - and we could have done of course with his contract - "You have a contract and you have to stay here".

"We have to "replace" him internally". Could he help us still? And to be honest, it was 100% clear no chance. He was not ready to do that any more. The club tried everything.

Their No. 9 is now contracted until the summer of 2020, but Liverpool wants to make sure that, if they have to lose Firmino at any point, then they will be able to command the highest fee possible due to having complete security on the contract front. That was the moment when we really had to accept that.

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That is according to pundit and club legend Jamie Carragher.

Jurgen Klopp has rejected claims that Liverpool will regret selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona after the drawn out transfer saga.

Klopp has vast experience of losing key players during his managerial career, having seen the likes of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Nuri Sahin leave Borussia Dortmund during his seven years in charge there.

'I am sure the Brazilian would have recovered from his disappointment for four more months'.

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Coutinho would not have played again for Liverpool, indicates Jurgen Klopp