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Klopp: We don’t play “hero” football!

Jurgen Klopp has vowed that all the proceeds from the sale of Philippe Coutinho will be reinvested into the Liverpool squad.

However, the Reds boss admits it could be the summer before he signs a replacement for the Brazilian, who completed a £142million move to Barcelona this week.

Klopp is considering his options during the January window but the ECHO understands that Liverpool won’t be entering the race to sign wantaway Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.

The German coach dismissed suggestions that the Coutinho money had effectively already been spent in securing deals for Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita.

“We will get all the money,” Klopp said.

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Jurgen Klopp – can he replace Philippe Coutinho in January?

“Always since I’m in here we can have all the monies from transfers and more if needed. Since I’ve been in nobody told me ‘no way’. We talk about the age, the price, everything. It’s all good.

“So far we got all the players we wanted to have. If someone wanted to have other players then it’s my fault.

“You know I’m not a manager who goes to the owners and counts the money and says ‘look, this is what we’ve got, this is what we’ve spent, now we need that’.

“The owners are completely on my side. It is not that they say ‘You’ve got this but on the other hand we’ve done this and this and so you cannot spend’. Everything is fine. We have no money issues at this club.

FSG maintain they won't sell Coutinho
FSG left the sale of Coutinho up to Klopp

“One player has left and it’s not too cool but it’s not a real problem at all. We will bring in other players, that’s for sure. If we do it in this window, I don’t know.”

Coutinho’s determination to leave for Catalonia shows that Klopp’s mission to make Anfield a final destination for top talent rather than simply a stepping stone remains a work in progress ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

However, the manager doesn’t fear that any other big names will become unsettled and demand to follow Coutinho out of the exit door.

Klopp’s confidence is fuelled by the Reds’ on-field progress and he also believes the club’s pulling power was underlined last summer when they secured the services of Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Roberto Firmino(Image: Jan Kruger/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“We probably cannot do this for all players but as a club we have to be like there is no need to leave from the sports side,” he said.

“We all live here and if you can live in Barcelona and speak the language even better than the language here would you say ‘no’ for the rest of your life? That’s how it is

“There is always a team that is doing a little bit better, or maybe not better but they have a few more points, or more money, but we really have a lot to offer.

“Yes, maybe we do need to make it more clear in the future but look at what we have. Mo Salah – he didn’t come here because we forced him. We didn’t go to Rome and kidnap him. He wanted to come.

Sadio Mane. Okay, you’d say not all the teams wanted him but they want him now. We have these players. Gini Wijnaldum. Not everyone thought ‘fantastic idea!’ but a lot of other clubs wanted him and we have him.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool(Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“We will carry on like this. Oxlade-Chamberlain. London is not a bad city I heard but he came here for the football.

“You can see it as a start if you want with those three or four guys or you think it’s like always – the best players will always leave. That’s not how it will be. The club is trying everything to do things differently.”

When Liverpool sold Kop favourites such as Xabi Alonso and Luis Suarez the club’s fortunes nosedived and it took them a long time to recover.

Klopp insists that history won’t repeat itself. He believes Liverpool have sufficient quality to maintain their resurgence and says feeling “pain” following Coutinho’s exit isn’t allowed.

“We don’t play ‘hero’ football. It’s not one hero and the rest try to help them a little bit,” Klopp said.

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New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho poses for a photograph with his new shirt as he is unveiled at Camp Nou (Image: (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images))

“We already did put responsibility on different shoulders. Our game worked with Phil really well, sometimes not. Without him really well, sometimes not.

“We don’t have to think about that. We never did it like that. It’s all about how we react as a club.

“If something doesn’t work and everyone’s talking only about one player who isn’t there anymore, that’s not right.

“It’s if you lost your leg, do you know ‘phantom pain’? You still have pain and you think: ‘Wow!’

“Don’t get phantom pain. Let’s carry on. I could tell you 500,000 stories from my past but I’m not interested.

“In the end, if you lose five or six players then obviously it can be a little different if you cannot replace them, but that won’t happen.”

 

 

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