Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp claims that he would have liked to secure services of Philippe Coutinho from La Liga giants Barcelona this summer, however, the Reds did not have enough money to get the deal done.
The German boss has also revealed that he spoke to the South American playmaker in person before he moved to German champions, Bayern Munich on loan, telling him that he would be a perfect fit for the Bavarians.
Speaking to BILD, Klopp said: “Amazing player, we really didn’t want to let him go [in 2018]. Barca forced us financially. It may sound strange, but we didn’t have enough money to get him [back this summer]. We’d already spent all the money we got for him.
“World-class player, really good transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga. I thought it’s a good fit for both when I first heard about it. I have already told him in person that he and Bayern will be a good fit.
“Not so good for Dortmund! I hope Dortmund will win the title again because it’s getting boring with Bayern winning every year.”
The Brazilian playmaker has made a decent start in Germany; certainly enough to suggest he can have a better career at the Allianz Arsena rather than at La Liga.
To hear that the Merseyside Reds did not have the funds to get the South American playmaker is slightly strange, given that all the noises from the chiefs that they are ready to splash the money for the right player.
It is more likely that the German boss means that Coutinho was deemed not to represent good value for money,