Klopp: I'm not angry over Coutinho

It was his dream as everyone knows and he left Liverpool for only club and it was Barcelona and we have to accept that. I came here to push myself and Liverpool is a club that is looking to go and do good things.

This week, Barcelona finally signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a club record fee of £142 million.

I said at the beginning of the season he can be the new Coutinho - obviously I did not know that Coutinho was going to leave, Henry said. I am sure the Brazilian would have recovered from his disappointment for four more months It was more risky to keep him in August than now.

So it turns out the topic that has dominated conversations across the city has failed to make it into one specific place - Liverpool's dressing room.

Liverpool confront the uncomfortable reality of beginning life without Coutinho against Manchester City on Sunday with Klopp stressing the club fought until the last second to try and deflect the Catalan club's advances. I knew it would be very hard if we said you had to stay here.

'When I made the decision to come here, I told myself I was going to stick by it no matter what happened, ' he said.

Klopp stressed that he has lost big-game players previously as a manager and called on everyone to move on from Coutinho's departure. We played good without him and not that good without him.

"It is normal to lose players and buy players and you must always react". It's about the atmosphere in the club.

In terms of replacing Coutinho, Klopp admits Liverpool will explore the transfer market for potential new signings, but will not be rushed into reinvesting the £142m.

"If we do something then it needs to be the right decision".

We saw what happened with Bristol [City], Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield - they struggled against these type of teams. The money we paid for him is another thing.

"We will have 11 players, we've played fantastic football without Phil". We only have to carry on.

The Egypt worldwide, who has scored 23 goals in 29 appearances, has missed the past two matches with a groin problem.

"He's doing fantastically well". We need to show we can cause them problems and make their life hard.

All of which points to, in Henry's mind, the very real possibility of a shock on the cards at Anfield this weekend.

Barcelona would still be interested in the summer, and Liverpool could argue that he needed to stay for the rest of the season, and help them in the league and the Champions League.

"There was a lot of controversy and talk, maybe it's a time when you just want to get your head down and settle in", he said. You have to show up in a game like this.

'We need to defend well and attack like we know we can. That's how it is.

Yerry Mina established himself as a player who is hard to beat in the air and who's lightning fast across the field with his quick pace so it will be extremely interesting to see how long it will take before the Colombian challenges the first-choice defensive duo for a starting berth. He has never played better for Liverpool than between September and December this season. "But if you are not fearless in your game, you will also have a problem". "There is nothing to say about that", Klopp said.

  • Julie Sanders