Liverpool had 'no other option' selling Coutinho


Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has played down the significance of Philippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona, claiming the team is strong enough to cope and a "big player" will eventually replace him.

"We have no money issues at this club". Meanwhile Riyad Mahrez has notched the next-best number of assists, 0.36, followed by Lemar at 0.35. "He can't affect the score versus Manchester City".

Guardiola, also refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding his clubs move for Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez.

"When Phil wasn't in the team we still played great football and we have still incredible players who can score goals - the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio, Roberto. I just want him to be one of the best in the world and enjoy what he can do".

"We only have to carry on". If you get an injury or if something happens in a game - you miss a ball, stuff like that - you think: 'I would love to miss it in Barcelona instead of Liverpool'.

"No matter how much I hear about boyhood dreams; efforts to convince him to stay; and how much family, representatives or even sponsors pushed for it, why this month?" He's there, we are still here and we have to deal with the situation.

After a testing start to his Anfield career, having arrived on the final day of the August window, the England global is starting to show the sort of form that persuaded Klopp to spend £35m on him.

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Much like when Barcelona sold Neymar for €222 million last summer - the most expensive fee in the history of football - everyone is waiting to see what Liverpool do with their new-found war chest.

Chelsea will take on Coutinho's new side in the Champions League round of 16 but the Brazilian will be cup tied for Barcelona.

What will he do when Liverpool host Manchester City (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via in the Premier League at Anfield this Sunday?

"I can't understand Liverpool's decision to sell Coutinho now", he told the Telegraph. I won't start doing that now.

'Players are different. I've had this very often. In the summer he'll be here, that's what I know as well.

Liverpool are likely to turn their contract-renewal priorities to Emre Can first, as the German's current deal expires in the summer and the club are in danger of losing him on a free transfer. We all know that.