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Coutinho too pricey for Reds

20th August 2019, 11:36 by Michael Holland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted to re-sign Philippe Coutinho but the cash was not there to do a deal.

Coutinho was a revelation for the Reds before he had his head turned by Barcelona and eventually completed a move to the Nou Camp after Liverpool backed down and agreed to sell.

The Brazilian's exit did not go down well with Liverpool fans at the time and most would be delighted with the fact the move did not work out for him.

Coutinho struggled to make an impact at Barca and it soon became clear that he would be on the move with a number of top clubs keen to offer him a route out.

Liverpool were rumoured to be one of them. Despite his controversial exit, Klopp was willing to welcome him back with open arms, and there is a good chance the Liverpool fans would have done the same.

However it would appear as though the transfer fee involved would have been too much for the Reds.

"It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it, we have already spent the cash that we got for him," Klopp told Goal when asked about the interest in Coutinho.

Klopp's comments do come as something of a surprise. Yes, players have been brought in since the departure of Coutinho, namely Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, but another lot of TV money will have been banked since then, while Liverpool would also have benefited massively from their Champions League success, which would have put extra cash in the coffers.

Despite interest from other clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, it is Bayern Munich that have won the race for his signature, and the way they have structured the deal has made it affordable to them.

Bayern are hardly flush themselves and an outlay of £120million at this stage would have been beyond them, but getting him on an initial loan deal has made it possible.

Bayern will pay an initial £8million to take him on loan for the season before paying another £110million at the end of the loan, if all goes to plan and they want to make it permanent.

Klopp has admitted that Bayern now have a world-class player but it looks as though he would have had to move some of his current players out to have a chance of doing a deal, something he was not prepared to do.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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