Jurgen Klopp details what Philippe Coutinho thinks of Liverpool amid Barcelona turmoil


Jurgen Klopp insisted Philippe Coutinho ‘still loves Liverpool’ when explaining the role his former midfielder played in persuading Fabinho to join the Reds.
Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 in a £ 142million deal, while Liverpool quickly began to reinvest transfer funds raised.

The Reds bought Virgil van Dijk from Southampton the same month, while Fabinho and Alisson arrived in the summer of 2018 from Monaco and Rome respectively.

Liverpool have brushed aside interest from Manchester United and Manchester City to land £ 39million midfielder Fabinho, who has been a vital cog in their Champions League and Premier League winning teams.

Klopp insists Coutinho ‘still loves Liverpool’

And Klopp explained why the Reds have Brazilian duo Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to thank for their compatriot’s transfer to Merseyside.

“We just said what we had to say, what we think and what it will be for us and stuff like that,” Klopp said.

“I think the best helper was probably Bobby [Firmino] like they knew each other from the national team and for sure what Phil said about Liverpool because he loved and still loves Liverpool, then that sort of thing helped.

Coutinho helped persuade his Brazilian teammate Fabinho to join the Reds

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“I can’t tell you exactly what I told him, because it was so long ago, but it was obviously quite convincing and so it fell into place.

“When I first met him, he was a pretty shy boy and maybe he thought it would be better to be surrounded by a rather loud manager! ”

Despite being a natural midfielder, Fabinho has excelled in central defense this season, where he replaced injured duo Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

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Klopp is thankful to have the 27-year-old all-rounder on his squad, although he admits he can’t take credit for shaping him to a new role.

The Reds boss added: “I would love to say it was just because of us and before he came here he could never have played in any of the positions he plays – but it just isn’t not true!

“I wouldn’t even say Fab is a defensive player, he’s more of an organizational player.

“He’s very strategic, I don’t know what he played in his youth in Brazil, but for Monaco and the national team he often played right-back.

“He also played in one of the six-position doubles, so he’s just able to play the middle half – you can see that in so many situations.

“His challenging skills are just outstanding defensively and football-wise he’s good in small spaces so it makes sense to play him in midfield but he can play center and we knew that.

“Thank God we have him and with him and the other boys we have someone to play in that position.” ”

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