Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he wanted to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield before the Brazilian made the switch to Bayern Munich. Coutinho ended his Barcelona nightmare by making the temporary move to Bayern Munich on a loan deal. The German outfit have the option to convert the deal into a permanent move for £110 million.
Even though there were numerous attempts to bring the 27-year-old back to Anfield, a move never materialised. Klopp has revealed that the primary reasons behind Liverpool failing to make a serious offer for their former star is due to the lack of funds. Speaking to Goal.com, the manager said:
“It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it, we have already spent the cash that we got for him. We were reluctant to hand him over, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak.
“The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy. He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment.”
Bayern Munich have paid a fee of €8.5 million just for the loan move and they have agreed a permanent transfer for €120 million. Liverpool made only three signings in the summer and the club spent a snip at £1.7 million for these transfers. There is little doubt that the club is overflowing in terms of cash after the Champions League success a few months ago. Yet, it appears that the club’s hierarchy did not want to put the finances into jeopardy by going on yet another spending spree.
The sale of Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million in January 2018 was a key factor behind Liverpool’s spending spree in the last two summers. This sale allowed the club to bring in the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and Mohamed Salah. All these happened at a time when the club also invested a sizeable chunk of money into improving Anfield. The signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker alone have sucked up much of the fees received from the sale of Coutinho.
The loan fee would not have been an issue for Liverpool, but the player’s wages and the cost of the permanent deal would have been the stumbling blocks.
Coutinho is one of the well-paid players in the world. He reportedly makes around £500,000 per week, which puts him in the top 10 of the best paid player’s in the world. The contract for the Brazilian runs until 2023 and it was a decisive factor in preventing Barcelona from bringing back Neymar, who is their number one priority this summer.
Even though Coutinho started out well, he simply was unable to cope with the expectations at the Camp Nou. The mediocre 2018-19 campaign coupled with the availability of Neymar have been factors behind Ernesto Valverde deciding to hand a fresh start for the winger.
Klopp was in favour of a spending spree this summer, but this stance lasted only for the first few weeks of the window. As it became apparent that Liverpool were going to be on a tight budget, Klopp has learned to shift focus to more positive things. So far, the start to the season has been kind for the Reds. Even though there were no big test in the first two weekends, Klopp would be pleased to see Liverpool at the top of the table with a 100% record.