Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hints at Philippe Coutinho bid before Bayern Munich loan move | Football | Sport
The Liverpool chief admitted on Monday night that the club couldn’t afford him, hinting that they enquired.
Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho in January of last year in a £142million deal.
However, just 18 months on, Barcelona were looking to offload the forward, after he failed to make an impact in Catalonia.
Coutinho managed just 21 goals in 71 games across all competitions for Barcelona during his time there.
The Spanish giants made the decision this summer to let him leave on loan, as the club looked to cut their losses on the flop.
It is believed that he would only have come back to the Premier League if he were able to join Liverpool.
And now, Klopp has hinted that he did actually want to bring the Brazilian back to Merseyside.
“We have already spent the cash that we got for him.
“We were reluctant to hand him over [last January], but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak.
“The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy.
“He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment.”
Liverpool were relatively quiet in the summer transfer window, only signing three players in total.
Youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot were brought in for a combined fee of £1.7m, while veteran goalkeeper Adrian arrived on a free.