Report: Muller’s Liverpool snub cost Coutinho his move

Date published: Wednesday 20th September 2017 11:55

Thomas Muller’s refusal to swap Bayern Munich for Liverpool cost Philippe Coutinho his dream move to Barcelona, according to reports.

Bild claims that Jurgen Klopp targeted the Germany international as the perfect replacement for Coutinho, who was the subject of multiple bids from Barca in the summer.

However, the report continues that Muller made it clear that he had no intention of swapping Bavaria for Merseyside and wouldn’t even contemplate the move.

That meant Barcelona landed Ousmane Dembele, Liverpool kept Coutinho while also adding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for £35million on deadline day.

Their new signing hasn’t had the best start for the Reds after he struggled to make any impact during his full debut against Leicester in a 2-0 loss.

And Klopp was not happy with his side’s defending in the defeat to the Foxes.

“That we conceded (goals) like this makes me really, really sick,” Klopp said.

“The story of this game is really easy to tell, we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football, we didn’t score. That’s sometimes part of football.

“But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today again, then it is quite difficult. I’m sick of goals like this.

“They scored too easily and we didn’t push up together for the first.

“I can say it one time or 1,000 so it’s not nice to concede these goals.

“We had big chances and strange situations but it’s a 90-minute game. We need to concentrate to the end.”

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