Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain talks about Philippe Coutinho's transfer
- Autor: Gilberto Valderrama Ene 14, 2018,
Ene 14, 2018, 19:13
Having stood firm and rebuffed all offers from Barcelona for the playmaker during the summer, Klopp and Liverpool finally conceded defeat last Saturday after it became clear that there was "100 per cent no chance" of Coutinho staying for the second half of the season.
The Belgium assistant advocated for summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a good option to have in Klopp's squad, with the Englishman impressing in his limited opportunities since his £35m switch from Arsenal.
The man who remains at Liverpool took to social media to express his sadness at no longer being able to work with Coutinho.
"If there is somebody who should be angry or disappointed it could be the manager of the club but I'm not because I know the club tried absolutely everything to convince Phil to stay and carry on together".
"But we tried everything". At some point you need to accept it and that is what we did'. "I knew there would be that process". Do I think we can still use him? Do I think I can use him still and help us? Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. As important as Lallana is to Liverpool, that is a battle he was unlikely to win very often.
"We will get all the money", Klopp said. But it was clear that's over now and we cannot do anymore. He has things that we like. But for me? It's business as usual.
"It's good for him". There's not too many Virgil van Dijk's out there. It's how it is, you miss a person.
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The Brazilian has 16 goals and a further eight assists in all competitions for the Reds this term, and he is unlikely to slow down anytime soon with the Anfield club looking imperious going forward.
Liverpool were handed a boost ahead of Sunday's visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City with the return to training of top scorer Mohamed Salah. A player who's the same mold as him is Chelsea's brilliant No.10.
The Brazilian ended a five-year spell with the Reds to join the Catalan club in a £142 million deal last weekend with Klopp giving the final say to allow Coutinho to leave.
"We have to go with open eyes through this transfer window, you can imagine, but we will not make crazy things". That's not how it will be.
He declared that since his arrival in October 2015, he "can have all the monies from transfers and more if needed" and that so far they have "got all the players" they have targeted. If nothing happens in this moment Mo is back. Since I've been in nobody told me 'no way'. He netted a dozen goals in 20 appearances this season before the transfer.
"He always plays within himself, which is a great sign".