Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain talks about Philippe Coutinho's transfer


Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool had "no other option" in selling Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds are believed to be on the lookout for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian finally completed his big-money transfer from the Reds to Barcelona on Monday last week.

Acquiring Virgil Van Dijk is the flawless example of Klopp's transfer strategy as he didn't move for any other option in summer despite the defensive frailty and opted to wait for the Dutch centre-back who joined them from Southampton as soon as the window reopened and became an instant hero by scoring a late victor at Anfield in front of the Kops in a Merseyside derby to knock Everton out of the third round of the FA Cup competition.

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.

The higher the level you play at, the more intuitive your decisions need to be and there have been a few games when he's been caught out.

Klopp has vast experience of losing key players during his managerial career, having seen the likes of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Nuri Sahin leave Borussia Dortmund during his seven years in charge there. You want as many good players as possible in your team but that is football, that's the business - people come, people go. "I think Barcelona have signed a top, top player who suits perfectly the way they want to play for the last 20 years".

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Liverpool actually has a better win percentage without Coutinho than with him this season (66.70 per cent from nine games he didn't play, compared to 46.20 per cent from 13 games he played), with the explosive front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Firmino still offering the team a threat up front. "Just focus on the next one - that is the best advice I can give to my players".

"Liverpool, what they do, what we are and what we have to do to beat them - that is the point".

Salah, who leads Liverpool in scoring with 17 Premier League goals so far this season, missed Liverpool's two games, victories against Burnley in the PL and Everton in the FA Cup, with a groin injury but the Egyptian winger is ready to be unleashed against league leaders Man City. You always have to react.

'I'd be surprised if they replaced him [Coutinho] in this window, ' Shearer told bookmaker Coral.

"You know players are different".

No matter how much I hear about boyhood dreams; efforts to convince him to stay; and how much family, representatives or even sponsors pushed for it, why this month? Hendo is in this moment out on the pitch and is training. He did fantastic in the first part of the season after the things we had to deal with in the summer. "It's not one hero and the rest try to help them a little bit", he declared.