​Klopp: Liverpool left with no option but to sell Coutinho

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been talking about the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

“There was no other option. If someone is angry or disappointed then it should be the manager of the club but we tried everything to convince Phil to stay here,” said Klopp.

“He left Liverpool for only one club – Barcelona – but the club was fighting. It was 100% clear there was no chance I could use him in second half of the season. That’s over now. That’s it.”

Klopp was asked about replacing Philippe Coutinho.

He said: “We don’t have to replace him, we have to step up. I don’t want to sound disrespectful because he was five years here but we only have to carry on.”

Concerning the prospect of Naby Keita arriving early, who Liverpool have signed from RB Leipzig for the summer, he said: “He is player of Leipzig and I know he will be a player here in the summer.”

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