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Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool won't replace Philippe Coutinho in January

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It's fair to say that Liverpool have had a pretty hectic January transfer window. 

The Red's first confirmed the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for £75 million, before selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for almost double that. 

There's also rumours that they want to bring in midfielder Naby Keita earlier than this summer, which is when they originally agreed he would move to Anfield last year.

Amongst all their winter business, Jurgen Klopp's team have been playing some football, albeit not as much as their rivals. 

But when they have been on the pitch, they've been very impressive. Liverpool have won all three of the games they've played in 2018 and became the first team to beat Manchester City this season.

They also beat Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup, as well as Burnley in the Premier League and they can go level on points with Chelsea in third if they beat Swansea on Monday night.

So really, it looks like life after Coutinho is going well at Liverpool, with good results flowing and a fair bit of money in the bank.

But if fans expected Klopp to reinvest that money this month, they'd be mistaken. Speaking this weekend, the German has explained that he doesn't want to spend any more in January.


"I don’t think about money. Nobody told me that I have to think about money because we are always reasonable, we always try to do the right thing," he said, per the Mirror.

"Obviously we don’t hesitate to spend the money, we did a few times, but it is not about the moment, it is about making the right decision."

Klopp went on to say that he's not looking to replace Coutinho straight away because he has two players who can fill the hole he left in the team. 

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"I really think, it is not that Adam Lallana is a replacement for Philippe Coutinho but he is back. Cool. It is another wonderful, creative, offensive midfield player.

"Does he have the same free-kick as Philippe Coutinho? No, but there are a lot of things he can do. He can make us stronger in these situations."

Klopp also picked out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make a difference in the coming months. 


"And there are other players who can stand up. Oxlade-Chamberlain was here all the time with Phil together but he can do a job, Milly still, Gini, so they are all here and can make an improvement and develop in the season so that is all good."

With the Liverpool boss putting a lot of faith in his current stars, it looks like there won't be any more new arrivals at Anfield until the summer. 

With Klopp chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League, FA Cup glory and a shot at the Champions League, the likes of Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain will really have to repay his faith.


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