Philippe Coutinho transfer fee admission made by Andres Iniesta

Philippe Coutinho transfer fee admission made by Andres Iniesta

Philippe Coutinho transfer fee admission made by Andres Iniesta

Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep their star man, but in the end, the fee of £142 million and Coutinho's insistence on moving to Barcelona saw the deal go through, making him the second most expensive transfer of all time (behind Neymar).

We know he will help bring energy to Liverpool's midfield and that he is often the catalyst for Klopp's famous gegenpress, but he also needs to contribute goals because very few of the other midfielders look like they can. On Sunday if we have a free-kick 18 yards out [against Manchester City] if someone in the stadium thinks "Phil" that is not too cool.

"This was his dream".

Asked about reports that Sturridge could leave the club, the Liverpool boss was non-committal. "I said to him, I don't know after which game when we had a little talk on the pitch, 'what a character!' and that's true", Klopp said.

"When Phil wasn't in the team, we still played great football and we have still incredible players who can score goals". "We will see. Until January 31 there are a lot of things that can happen in the transfer window, not only with Daniel". "I'm more concerned about what I can do, what Mo can do, what Sadio can do, what whoever is playing will do because we are the boys now that will get the right results for the club".

"[In terms of] a replacement, first of all if we have to replace him internally, then we will go with open eyes through this transfer window, but we will not make insane things".

'When I made the decision to come here, I told myself I was going to stick by it no matter what happened, ' he said. The team did really brilliant with that - how the whole club did, Anfield itself. I knew that was what I was going to face. The money we paid for him is another thing. Really, it is a normal, normal thing and we have only to make the best of it.

The Liverpool manager added: "It's normal in this business, you lose players and you buy players. I don't want to sound disrespectful because he was five years here but we only have to carry on". When we had this conversation around Phil Coutinho, I said the same - nothing to say - and I won't change that.

Liverpool FC are now preparing for their crunch Premier League showdown against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. "That is all we know".

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