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Liverpool a top team without Coutinho - Guardiola

Liverpool a top team without Coutinho - Guardiola

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool had to sell Philippe Coutinho this month because he could not be sure of the Brazilian's commitment for the remainder of the season.

Eden Hazard has described Philippe Coutinho as a "fantastic player" and believes that the playmaker's move from Liverpool to Barcelona is bad news for the Premier League.

However, Liverpool are not his first choice as the Express claim that Mahrez would prefer a move to Arsenal as he's just bought a property in London and wants to live in the capital. We have to be good on the day.

"When I see Liverpool, I always have the impression they want to make their own game", he added. It was 100 percent clear, no chance.

"You lose the grip".

He said: "There was no other option". If you don't miss a person then there would have been something wrong when you were together.

Klopp says that Liverpool won't make insane things in January to replace Coutinho.

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"Maybe we do need to make it more clear in the future but look at what we have", Klopp said, highlighting Mohamed Salah's signing and joking that they didn't "go to Rome and kidnap him" but that the winger "wanted to come" to the club. On the field, I always try to give my best on every play and with every opportunity.

On Keita, the Liverpool manager continued: "There's nothing to say about it".

The Fab Four forwards have been reduced to the Fab Three yet with Adam Lalana fit again and ready to resume the attacking midfield role vacated by Coutinho, Liverpool's front-line should still fire on all cylinders.

Coutinho moved to the Catalan giants last week for a fee of £106m, plus a further £36m in variables, as the Brazilian global secured his long awaited move to the Camp Nou.

"You know players are different".

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. When we had this conversation around Phil Coutinho, I said the same - nothing to say - and I won't change that.

Addressing the media before the Premier League match at home to Pep Guardiola's runaway leaders City on Sunday, the German called for a collective reassessment of Liverpool's mindset. In the summer he'll be here, that's what I know as well. "We will see. Until 31 January a lot of things can happen in the transfer window", the Liverpool said boss when asked about Sturridge. "That is all we know".