A report from Spain claims that Liverpool were happy to sell Philippe Coutinho and that Jurgen Klopp was unconvinced about the Brazilian’s suitability to playing in his system.

Catalan newspaper Sport claims that Liverpool chiefs celebrated when Philippe Coutinho officially moved to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £142million after add-ons.

They also add, and I find this difficult to believe, that Jurgen Klopp was pleased to see the back of Coutinho as he was unhappy with the Brazilian’s work rate off the ball.

 

The Liverpool manager was apparently unconvinced that Coutinho was suited to his high-octane style of play which the Mirror suggests is shown by the way Klopp often switched Coutinho between playing left forward and a central midfield berth.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool embrace after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With Coutinho struggling for form and subsequently game time at the Camp Nou there have been a wealth of reports since the end of 2018 claiming that he is ready to quit Barcelona.

Frustratingly, most of the reports suggest Manchester United and potentially Paris Saint-Germain want to end his Spanish nightmare in the summer.

Much like with Liverpool’s reported interest in Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool would be making a huge mistake by not making an attempt to sign Coutinho. These two players would almost perfect Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI heading into the 2019/20 Premier League season.