Klopp says Coutinho replacement needs to be correct player

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Jurgen Klopp says that he dealt with enough departures at Dortmund to cope with Liverpool losing Philippe Coutinho.

This has led to criticism of the club's approach, selling their star player without a clear contingency plan, but for Klopp, it was an unavoidable eventuality.

Roberto is known for his flexibility and is fit for playing in the two positions which is something that Klopp is searching for.

"We had fantastic games with him and not so good games with him, and the same when he didn't play".

"Always since I'm in here we can have all the monies from transfers and more if needed". That's the situation and we are already used to it, it's now pretty much a week ago.

"In the end, if you lose five or six players then obviously it can be a little different if you cannot replace them, but we will bring in other players, that's for sure", he said.

"The final decision, if I would have said "no way", the club would have said: "okay, let's try", explained Klopp.

He did fantastic in the first half of the season after the things we had to deal with in the summer - the team did fantastic. They play really good and if you don't respect that then you have a problem.

"But it was clear that's over now - he can not do that anymore so we made that decision. I just want him to be one of the best players in the world and to enjoy what he can do".

The chance to play with Klopp, even if it meant more time on the training field than the player would have liked, was one of the main things that drew Oxlade-Chamberlain to the club, and he's glad that it paid off. "If we do it in this window, I don't know".

Nou Camp chiefs previously attempted to end Coutinho's stay at Anfield last summer but were routinely denied despite tabling three successive bids.

The 26-year-old superstar has continuously been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona, but it seems like Liverpool are now ready to put the Coutinho money to good use and sign the French forward.

If Coutinho was so highly rated, why did Inter nearly give him away? When we had this conversation around Phil Coutinho, I said the same - nothing to say - and I won't change that. I didn't mind too much people talking because I knew that's what would happen.

Though City has won 19 of its last 20 Premier League matches, Liverpool has not lost in the last 15 meetings at Anfield against the Blues.

"We know we can beat City".

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