Klopp: I'm not angry over Coutinho

Klopp: I'm not angry over Coutinho

Liverpool have been touted with moves for Monaco's Thomas Lemar and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in the wake of Coutinho's departure, while speculation over a mystery target as mounted.

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

"If someone wanted to have other players then it's my fault", he admitted, insisting he is not the kind of manager to approach the club's owners and complain about his transfer kitty. We knew that if we had the ball, they would suffer.

"It was his dream and there was a moment where we really had to accept that".

Having stood firm and rebuffed all offers from Barcelona for the playmaker during the summer, Klopp and Liverpool finally conceded defeat last Saturday after it became clear that there was "100 per cent no chance" of Coutinho staying for the second half of the season. "If we do it in this window, I don't know". It could have been very hard if we had done what we could have done and said: "There's your contract and you have to stay here", and used him as a player in the second half of the season.

"We don't have to think about unpredictability immediately against Manchester City, we have to think about work, but in general there is always opportunity in a situation like this", said an optimistic Klopp. "It was clear there was no chance".

"He wasn't ready to do it anymore. We made that decision".

Klopp dismissed suggestions that he was attempting to protect the club by allowing a wantaway player to leave. You lose a player, you buy a player. It's all about the atmosphere in the club. That would be not too cool.

"If we do it, it has to be the right decision".

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"We will have 11 players and we've played fantastic football without Phil". You don't like to see friends go - Phil is a really good guy - and we wish him all the best. Coutinho didn't win a single trophy during his five years at Liverpool or three years with Inter Milan. "If we do it in this window, I don't know", he explained.

"We go with open eyes".

"You realise it happens but you can't start thinking 'What are we going to do now that Phil is not here?'" That's how it is.

"Saying that, Liverpool have resources". I think Barcelona have signed a top, top player. "All the rest, nothing to say about it".

The Brazilian did not play in Liverpool's last two games against Burnley in the Premier League and Everton in the FA Cup.

What they do, they do fantastic but the good thing is it's not completely unpredictable.

"Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday, the first full session".

"No matter how much I hear about boyhood dreams; efforts to convince him to stay; and how much family, representatives or even sponsors pushed for it, why this month?" But still they need time to adapt to the intensity of a football game.

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