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Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp unwilling to spend ‘crazy money’ to replace Philippe Coutinho

Fans have been desperate for the Reds to bring in a big name after their Brazilian playmaker signed for Barcelona for £145million

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed he was unwilling to replace Philippe Coutinho due to ‘crazy money’ in January.

The Reds sold the Brazilian playmaker for a staggering £145million, but failed to bring in a replacement, something that doesn’t bother the German manager.

Jurgen Klopp resisted the temptation to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho

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Jurgen Klopp resisted the temptation to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho

The Barcelona ace finally moved to the Nou Camp for a deal believed to be in the region of £145million

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The Barcelona ace finally moved to the Nou Camp for a deal believed to be in the region of £145million

Virgil van Dijk was brought to Anfield in a deal worth £75m, while Liverpool were knocked back in the efforts to bring end-of-season signing Naby Keita in during the window by RB Leipzig.


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Liverpool fans were desperate for the Merseyside club to bolster their attack as they aim to finish in the top four, but due to inflated prices, Klopp resisted the temptation.

Speaking prior to his side’s clash with Tottenham on Sunday, the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss said:”Yes, we could have done something.

“But we need really the right thing. The right thing now, you don’t get.

The Reds brought in centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m

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The Reds brought in centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m

The Reds boss has blamed ‘crazy money’ for the reason why he didn’t make further signings in January

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The Reds boss has blamed ‘crazy money’ for the reason why he didn’t make further signings in January

“The 100 per cent right thing, only for completely crazy money that really makes no sense. I’m not even sure that would work. And in the summer it looks different.

“That’s how it is. To do something just to have any solution that makes no real sense, to be honest.


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“People obviously ask ‘bring him in’ because someone is injured and you need somebody else, but then the other one is coming again and you weaken both or the third one, it makes no sense.

“In this situation, you really need to stay cool. It’s more difficult when you’ve lost two games but you need to be serious still.”

Their activity in the winter transfer window was described as a “disappointment” by club legend Jamie Carragher, who also suggested van Dijk needs to lose weight.

Liverpool endured a topsy-turvy month in January, while they managed to beat rivals Everton and end Manchester City’s unbeaten run, they were stunned by Swansea, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom.


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