Klopp: Coutinho wanted to join Barcelona, not Everton

Date published: Saturday 9th September 2017 11:40

Jurgen Klopp understands why Philippe Coutinho wanted to move to Barcelona this summer.

Coutinho has yet to feature for Liverpool this season as a result of his desire to move to Spain.

The Brazilian handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move, while Barcelona lodged three bids for the player.

Liverpool rebuffed each of them however, as they were intent on keeping Coutinho.

Klopp understands why the player was tempted by Barcelona, and says it would have been a “different situation” if he had wanted to join Everton.

“Do I think that somebody could have (a problem)?” Klopp asked. “Most of them are friends for many years.

“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.

“100% if a club like Barcelona is around then nobody says ‘are you crazy, what do you want to go there for?’.

“Everyone has this little bit of understanding and think ‘okay, it’s Barcelona’ – it is not that he wants to go to Everton.

“Then it would have been different, I would say. (Everton are) another wonderful club but it’s a different situation.”

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