Klopp not looking for Coutinho replacement


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he is not looking for a direct replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international forced an exit from Anfield earlier this year when he got a move to Barcelona during the January transfer window.

That deal brought in around £145m, but the German decided against making a signing in January to try and compensate for the departure of the playmaker and it appeared to pay off when he secured a top four finish and a place in the Champions League final.

Many supporters were adamant that Klopp needed to sign someone to link the midfield and attack, but he is yet to find a new playmaker after seeing a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir break down over concerns about a prior knee injury suffered by the France international.

And he has said that he is not seeking to bring in “the same kind of player” as Coutinho as he considers doing more transfer business before the window closes ahead of the new campaign.

“You cannot replace Phil Coutinho with exactly the same kind of player.” he said.

“I don’t want to put one of my players in the position where people will now say constantly ‘he’s the Phil replacement’.

“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.

“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-lite. It’s not there.

“But there are a lot of good players and we have brought a few of them in.” he finished.

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