New Bayern Munich signing Philippe Coutinho was keen on a return to Liverpool before the Premier League transfer window shut, according to reports.
The Brazilian moved to Barcelona in January 2018 for a fee that could rise to £142m.
Coutinho struggled to settle in Spain however, and has joined Bayern Munich just over 18 months later on loan.
The Athletic claims that Coutinho ‘made it clear’ that he would prefer a move back to Anfield after being linked to Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United over the summer.
The report added that Klopp came to the conclusion that Coutinho would not improve Liverpool enough to invest such huge figures in an expensive loan move.
Liverpool were linked with a move for Coutinho over the summer, and while Klopp suggested they considered the option, he stated that they “could not afford it”.
“It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it,” Klopp told Goal.
“We have already spent the cash that we got for him.
“We were reluctant to hand him over [last January], 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.”