Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the club will not be re-signing Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The Reds boss says that the money that Barca would demand for the Brazilian would rule the Merseyside club out of the running. He did admit, though, he’d be keen to have the 27-year-old back at Anfield if it were possible:
“In general, Phil Coutinho helps each team in the world, still – 100 per cent. It’s not about that. I like Phil, I think he’s a fantastic footballer and all that stuff, but it would be a big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big-money signing and it’s not our year for that. It’s just not possible. As I said, having him would make each team better – us included – but I really hope that he finds his luck at Barcelona.”
The comments led to a fierce debate on Twitter with some fans wanting to put the story to bed:
Thank God the gaffer has spoken, no more twitter polls or debates end off. 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉
He ain’t coming back!!!! Move on
— Shirni (@kloppite75) 24 July 2019
He’s just indirectly saying that he doesn’t want him back
— Geo (@Geozle) 24 July 2019
Thank you, finally
— Håvard🇳🇴 (@haavardanm) 24 July 2019
People commenting FSG out want big money signings for the sake of big money signings. FSG and Jurgen have been pretty smart so far. I’d say everyone just relax and let them proceed with their plans 🤷♂️
— Jon Messano (@jmessan0) 24 July 2019
While other supporters are questioning the club’s ambition and lack of spending in the transfer market this summer:
Okay ! Guess we ain’t signing no one then !! If we mess up next season I know who to blame … I’m ready 👌🏼
— Sola Nate (@Sollynatey) 24 July 2019
“It’s just not possible” regarding a big money signing?
Don’t believe him
— Josh (@KloppStyle) 24 July 2019
FSG took champions league winning money and premier league money and dipped 😂😭
— . (@FtblBrewster) 24 July 2019
I don’t know why they are acting like we don’t have any money. We just won the Champions League and were the most profitable team of the Premier League. This makes 0 sense. Really.
— União Sinistra LIV-FLA-BOS (@felipeinfluence) 24 July 2019
Why isn’t it possible? Questions need to be answered here.
Ludicrous statement considering the money we made last season.
I’m fed up with this now. Awful transfer window.
— S.O.C (@ScorpioStevie) 24 July 2019
Crazy that liverpool aren’t looking to strengthen the squad this summer. Off the back of winning the Champions league we remain stagnant. Relying on Ox and Keita to help midfield.with no cover for Robertson or front three. Mental. #LFC what was @John_W_Henry that we would invest?
— Hello there (@jacksonismydog) 24 July 2019
Klopp’s comments do strike you as a bit odd. On the one hand, he appears keen to have the player back but then rules it out because of a lack of funds.
Liverpool received hundreds of millions from winning the Champions League and finishing second in the Premier League so where the money has gone is anyone’s guess.