Jurgen Klopp answers questions on Liverpool replacing Philippe Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp answers questions on Liverpool replacing Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool are reeling from the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but according to latest reports on Sky Bet, the Reds are favourites ahead of both Manchester United and Barcelona to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann.

"It was clear", the Liverpool manager said on Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since Coutinho's departure.

Had Klopp tried to keep him until the end of the season he would have been wasting his time, he says - while also making clear Coutinho had lost the heart to keep playing for Liverpool.

"I can't understand Liverpool's decision to sell Coutinho now", he told the Telegraph. "In the end, it was quite easy".

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. In his press conference, Klopp was full of praise for the league leaders but stressed the importance of being confident in his own team.

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

"Some teams try to sit back against us".

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"There was a moment when we had to accept that". Names such as Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez have been rumoured to move to Anfield, but Thierry Henry believes Jurgen Klopp may already have such a player on his books. But the show must go on, Klopp now must find an apt replacement as early as possible to cope up with their "Top Four" rivals.

Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek commented "This is the best thing I have ever heard", while the song was even retweeted by former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher.

"It is not that they say: 'You've got this but we've done this and this and so you can not spend.' Everything is fine. You can not use him if he's not 100 per-cent". If someone wanted to have other players then it's my fault. "But I could not decide differently". If anybody would say afterwards it's because he didn't fight enough, they will never know 100 percent all the information. "For me, there was no different decision possible".

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Philippe Coutinho was prepared to down tools if the club prevented him from joining Barcelona.

Van Dijk enjoyed a dramatic debut for his new team in the FA Cup, scoring late on against Everton to earn Liverpool a derby victory.

"The fact is he has gone now and we have to think 'What have we got that is going to get the job done?'". Liverpool have to defend their whole history.

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