How will Liverpool cope without Philippe Coutinho?

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits that his club had no choice but to let star man Philippe Coutinho move on to Barcelona.

Klopp has already had to offload one unhappy player in Coutinho after the Brazil global 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.

All of that should set us up nicely for what could be a really good game of football which I've been looking forward to for a while but all week, the only topic on the table has been Liverpool's decision to sell Philippe Coutinho, arguably the club's top player. "I have nothing to say about all the rest".

However, the lack of transfer activity troubled the Reds too as Klopp's rigidity of not bringing in defensive reinforcement last January cost them the title hope. It would have been very hard 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. You use the past but you don't suffer because of it.

What will he do when Liverpool host Manchester City (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in the Premier League at Anfield this Sunday? The next priority should be a goalkeeper because neither Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius is of the class needed to challenge for the title, though any new arrival is more likely to be during the summer when midfielder Naby Keita will join Liverpool from RB Leipzig for £55 million.


"That is part of the transfer window so I have nothing to say about it", said Klopp.

"I like Phil, fantastic player, behaviour great. We will see. Until 31 January a lot of things can happen in the transfer window", the Liverpool said boss when asked about Sturridge. 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. "There's a lot of noise around what's happening and that can make things a bit hard". He is a player of Leipzig.

The German insisted it was not that he held talks with the player in which Coutinho informed of his desire to leave, but revealed: "It was just clear after we spoke that it would not work out". They're a team that, when our central defenders have the ball, Salah, Mane and Firmino are going to go to take the ball, and of course with Van Dijk now, their build-up will be better. He was not in team training so far.

WE NEED to use the money to fill the hole Coutinho left behind. "It looks really good, cool".

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