Coutinho is formally a Barcelona participant

Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp admitted he had "no other option" but to permit midfielder Philippe Coutinho to sign up for Barcelona for £142m previous this week.

The 25-year-old Brazilian joined the La Liga leaders on Monday after spending 5 years with the Reds.

Coutinho was once related with Barcelona in the summertime, but stayed at Liverpool and scored 12 instances in 20 appearances this season sooner than his transfer to Spain.

Klopp additionally refused to rule out striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, leaving the membership.

The England world has most effective began 5 Premier League video games this season and has been related with Southampton and West Ham.

"That is part of the transfer window so I have nothing to say about it," mentioned Klopp. "We will see. Until 31 January there are a lot of things that can happen in the transfer window, not only with Daniel."

Coutinho scored 54 targets in 201 league and cup appearances for Liverpool after becoming a member of for £eight.5m from Inter Milan in January 2013.

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Liverpool rejected 3 Barcelona bids and a switch request from the participant all over ultimate summer time's switch window, but Klopp conceded they may now not stay the participant in opposition to his will.

"There was no other option," mentioned Klopp. "I knew there was once a second when it could arise once more on this switch window and it got here up hugely.

"It would had been very tricky if we are saying, and we will have accomplished in fact together with his contract, 'you've got to keep right here'.

"To use him as a player in the second part of the season, did it make sense? Do I think I can use him and can he help us? It became 100% clear, no chance. He was not ready to do that any more."

Liverpool are fourth within the Premier League and host leaders Manchester City at 16:00 GMT on Sunday.

Their main scorer Mohamed Salah, who has hit 23 targets in 29 appearances this season, is in rivalry after lacking two suits on account of a groin drawback.

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