Klopp: I Rejected United In 2014


Coutinho officially transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona on Monday, after multiple offers for the Brazilian had been exchanged.

Much has been made of how Klopp will look to replace Coutinho but while Guardiola believes Barcelona have themselves a fine player he doesn't think the side he has left behind will be much the poorer for his absence. He will be a Liverpool player in the summer.

Christopher Davies was a longtime Premier League correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph.

"It was always a big dream of mine, ever since I was very young, because of the club's history, because of the club's greatness".

"The financial reward is vast". So is the risk. But I still fear a mid-season deal unnecessarily jeopardises Liverpool's Champions League place for next season.

The story claims that Liverpool have AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar as their prime transfer target but are interested in Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez and Lanzini as alternatives.

"Would I tell him to spend the lot?" 'Philippe Coutinho is a world-class player but if he's not 100 per cent, he's not that global class or Premier League class any more. Having five attack-minded players works for Guardiola but his team dominate possession to such an extent that you sometimes feel they could play with no defenders and still not concede, simply because the opponent often cannot get out of their own half.

"He is a player of Leipzig, that's what I know, and will be here in the summer".

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"I knew it would come up again in the transfer window and I knew it would be very hard". It's not that there was an open question or something and in the end 50 per-cent pro, 50 per-cent con and then I had to make the decision. Can he help us still? And to be honest, it was 100% clear no chance.

'He was not ready to do that any more. The club was fighting until the last second, if you want, and really tried everything.

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

As reported by BBC Sport, Liverpool will receive a total of £142m as transfer fee from the sale of Brazil global attacking midfielder to Coutinho.

But Carragher insists his former club could have held on to the midfield maestro until the end of the season.

Carragher says he can't see why Liverpool have agreed to a sale.

Speaking with FC Barcelona, the 25-year-old could not hide his joy following his move to the Catalan giants describing it as a good New Year gift.

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