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Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

All of that should set us up nicely for what could be a really good game of football which I've been looking forward to for a while but all week, the only topic on the table has been Liverpool's decision to sell Philippe Coutinho, arguably the club's top player.

Klopp wanted to keep Coutinho at Anfield until the end of the season but admitted that Merseysiders had no choice but to let him to fulfil his dream of playing for Barcelona when the Catalans agreed to pay a club record £142m to lure the Brazilian to the Nou Camp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Philippe Coutinho was prepared to down tools if the club prevented him from joining Barcelona.

Carragher's point about Coutinho's excellent form since last summer is undeniably true, and evidence suggests that the midfielder would have continued to play well until the summer, had Liverpool retained him. "I don't exactly know how the reaction has been, but if there is someone who should be angry, massively disappointed, then it could be the manager of the club the player is leaving".

"We don't have to think about unpredictability immediately against Manchester City, we have to think about work, but in general there is always opportunity in a situation like this", said an optimistic Klopp.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool in January 2013, scored 41 goals in 152 Premier League appearances, including seven in 14 matches this season.

"If we do something then it needs to be the right decision", he said.

"It would have been very hard if we say, and we could have done of course with his contract, "you have to stay here".

"I don't want to sound disrespectful, he was here for five years, we will miss him".

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates scoring his side's third goal with Emre Can against Huddersfield Town at Anfield

Coutinho has earned his dream move after distinguishing himself as a world-class attacker at Liverpool but has now left a gaping hole in the Reds' attack.

"He's a good guy we play against each other a couple of times - he's a fantastic player".

"We go with open eyes". It was clear he was not ready to do that anymore.

"We go there to win the game", he said.

Klopp says that Liverpool won't make insane things in January to replace Coutinho.

There will, however, be a Coutinho-shaped hole in Klopp's side when unbeaten Premier League leaders Manchester City visit Anfield on Sunday, as Liverpool prepare to take on the country's best team without their most influential player. I don't think it should affect us at all. He is a player of Leipzig, that's what I know and will be here in the summer, that's what I know as well.

"You realise it happens but you can't start thinking 'What are we going to do now that Phil is not here?'"

"Of course, is a master of the counter attack, so they're a team who can arrive in the finishing area in three or four touches".

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