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Pep Guardiola: 'Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho'

14 Enero 2018

"It was his dream (to join Barca) and it is the truth when I say he left Liverpool for only one club and we really had to accept that".

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Philippe Coutinho poses for the media after his unveiling as a Barcelona player on 8 January. It's a pretty easy answer.

"It's all about how we react as a club", Klopp challenged, insisting that it is "not right" if everyone is "talking only about one player who isn't there anymore" - adding: "In the end, if you lose five or six players then obviously it can be a little different if you cannot replace them". Because I know we tried absolutely everything.

If the reports are to be believed, Monaco's Thomas Lemar and Leicester's Riyad Mahrez are the two names that top the list.

"On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans". It came up massively that it would be very difficult if we say: 'Here's your contract, you have to stay here' and to use him as a player in the second part of the season.

"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". Did I think I could still use him? He also said it was "100 percent clear" that Coutinho was no longer ready to help Liverpool on the field, compared to the first half of the season. With under 25 minutes to go until Barcelona unveil their latest signing, let's take a look at the big talking points surrounding the deal. He had fantastic games and fantastic sessions, but that's over now. He has things that we like. "He has always got another yard or gear to find, and that's why he reminds me of Alan". It's business as usual.

"You need to be here [mentally]. Goals and creativity all over the team".

"The owners are completely on my side". So is the risk.

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.

A number of exciting names are doing the rounds at the moment but one story that is getting a mixed reaction from Liverpool fans is West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini. We played fantastic football without Phil. He was five years here. "We will not make crazy things". That's not how it will be.

He reflected that Liverpool's game "worked with Phil really well, sometimes not" and that without him it worked "really well, sometimes not" but said they "don't have to think about that" now he has gone. Now he will be looked upon to slot seamlessly in Barcelona's midfield and lessen Iniesta's burden.

Pep Guardiola: 'Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho'