Jurgen Klopp sends defiant message to Liverpool FC fans about Philippe Coutinho exit

The Liverpool FC manager insists the club's "heat and soul" remains intact despite Philippe Coutinho's exit

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp is adamant Liverpool FC will recover from the disappointment of losing Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international sealed a £142m move to Barcelona over the weekend to finally secure his move to the Catalan side following 12 months of speculation surrounding the attacker.

Coutinho established himself as Liverpool FC’s prized asset over the past two or three seasons following Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona in 2014 before Steven Gerrard retired 12 months later.

The South American will leave a void in Klopp’s midfield given the 25-year-old’s creative ability in the middle of the park.

Coutinho is the first major departure at Liverpool FC since Klopp took over the reins of the Anfield outfit from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 after the Northern Irishman saw Raheem Sterling and Suarez leave during his tenure.

However, Klopp is adamant that Liverpool FC’s heart and soul is still intact despite the disappointment of losing Coutinho to the La Liga leaders.

“Players will come and players will go, that is football, but as a club we are big enough and strong enough to continue with our aggressive progression on the pitch, even when we lose an important player,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“We have never been in a better position in recent times, as a club, to react in the right way. We will use our size and strength to absorb moments like this and still move forward.

“I have been here long enough now to know in the history of Liverpool, key players have left before – but the club always goes on. You cannot transfer the heart and soul of Liverpool Football Club, although I am sure there are many clubs who would like to buy it.”

Liverpool FC signed Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

The South American didn’t win a trophy during his four-season stay at Anfield.

The Reds finished in second place in the Premier League table in the 2013-14 season after ending up behind Manchester City.

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