Jurgen Klopp coy on further Liverpool FC signing
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool FC are not aiming to replace Philippe Coutinho this summer
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool FC are not in the market to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The Brazilian playmaker finally completed his much-anticipated move to FC Barcelona back in January after having been relentlessly linked with a transfer to the Spanish club.
Liverpool FC enjoyed a strong end to the season despite Coutinho’s exit, with the Reds sealing a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final.
With Liverpool FC receiving a huge transfer fee for Coutinho from FC Barcelona, it has inevitably been suggested that the Reds could look to sign a similar playmaker this summer.
However, Klopp has now moved to insist that there isn’t another player of Coutinho’s quality on the market right now.
Klopp is quoted as saying by Metro: “I think the biggest thing we did in the second half of last season was that we didn’t need to speak too much about Phil. That wasn’t clear in January. How could we have known that?
“If we had still had Phil then we could have played with Phil in the final. Mo Salah goes out (injured), but Phil still there. Phil on the left wing, bring Sadio (Mane) to the other side, bring midfielder on – it’s a different story.
“It would have been nice but he wasn’t here any more. We wish him well.
“We don’t need to replace Phil. We need to make a squad for the next year. Out there on the market, there isn’t a Phil Coutinho light. It’s not there.
“But there are a lot of good players and we have brought a few of them in.”
Liverpool FC have been fairly active in the summer transfer window so far, with the Reds having brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker so far.
The Reds will be aiming to be one of the main contenders for the Premier League next season as they chase their first trophy under Klopp since his appointment at Anfield back in 2015.