Liverpool manager has admitted that they could not afford new Bayern Munich acquisition Phillipe Coutinho this after giving a hint that they explored the possibility of having the Brazilian back at Anfield.
Klopp confirmed that the club did look into the finances involved in bringing Coutinho back to the club, before ultimately deciding they could not afford him.
“It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it, we have already spent the cash that we got for him,” Klopp told Goal.
“We were reluctant to hand him over, 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.”
Coutinho ended a miserable 19-month spell with Barcelona to join Bayern Munich in a high-profile transfer with Barcelona saying Bayern Munich will pay €8.5million (£7.8m) to sign Coutinho on loan for the season, as well as taking on the player’s wages, with the arrangement fixing a permanent deal for the Bundesliga champions at €120m (£109.8m) next summer.
Coutinho was presented before the media on Monday afternoon and admits he is relishing the challenge ahead in the Bundesliga.
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