Jurgen Klopp has explained why he thinks Liverpool fans should forgive Philippe Coutinho after this summer’s transfer saga involving Barcelona.
The Reds manager says it’s understandable that the Brazilian playmaker would be tempted by an offer from the Nou Camp, with Barca identifying him as an ideal long-term replacement for club legend Andres Iniesta.
Coutinho’s move to Barcelona was ultimately blocked by Liverpool, who repeatedly insisted they would not be bullied into selling their star player.
The club turned down as much as £138million for the 25-year-old, and Klopp now believes it’s time to move on from the distraction of the transfer window just gone.
‘Everyone has this little bit of understanding and think ‘OK it’s Barcelona’ and it is not that he wanted to go to Everton,’ Klopp said.
‘Then it would have been different I would say. Another wonderful club but a different situation.
‘There was nothing. We spoke about it and it has nothing to do with the team, that is very important for all of us, it is nothing to do with fans and all that stuff.
‘There are so many really worrying things that are happening in the world at this time that you can be worried about all the time but this is nothing.
‘You have to go through these times and things can be good if you are smart enough to start again.
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‘It was not the most easy time but that is the transfer window and that is the only time players and clubs can make transfers. But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. It is a normal thing.
‘It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time in history when similar things will happen.’
Coutinho is out of the Liverpool squad to take on Manchester City today but is expected to return for the Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday.