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Jurgen Klopp insists he made "final decision" to sell Philippe Coutinho

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Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2018, 13:52

"It was his dream, and it is the truth when I say that he left Liverpool only for one club, Barcelona".

Coutinho joined the Catalan club last week in a transfer worth £142m, the second-most expensive in the history of football.

Jurgen Klopp has challenged his men to be fearless as Liverpool look to end Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League today.

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

"We don't need to replace him [directly]". Coutinho was a raw talent when he completed his move back in 2013 but flourished immensely and used Liverpool as a ladder to make his ultimate career move. "I don't know exactly how the reaction has been after that, but if there is somebody who maybe should be angry, massively disappointed or whatever in this case then it could be the manager of the club, with players leaving".

The Liverpool manager added: "You can not use him if he's not 100 per cent. Philippe Coutinho is a world class player but if he's not 100 per cent, he's not that worldwide class, Premier League class, then you lose the grip".

And the first chance to prove that is at home to runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

After putting pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal at the Nou Camp, which will see him earn around £12m-a-year, Coutinho said: 'I'm very, very happy.

But while Klopp stressed all of the funds from Coutinho's British record deal would be made available to him, he would not rush into signing a replacement.

Jamie Carragher can't understand why Liverpool chose to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month, rather than wait until the end of the season, and has claimed that "big clubs don't sell in January". You can defend it of course but it's really hard. It was clear he was not ready to do that anymore. We will have 11 players and we have played fantastic football without Phil.

Before the completion of his move to Barcelona, Coutinho had registered six assists for Liverpool in 14 games. I don't think it should affect us at all. Really, it is a normal, normal thing and we have only to make the best of it.

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

"My phone has been hopping with messages about it, even from people I don't know", Kevin said.

He noted that there is "always a team that is doing a little bit better" or have "a few more points or more money" but insisted that Liverpool "really have a lot to offer".