Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool FC fans that Philippe Coutinho was “desperate” to sign for Barcelona this month.
The Anfield club confirmed on Saturday night that they had reached an agreement to sell the Coutinho to the Catalan giants for a fee believed to be in the region of £142m.
The Brazilian international had been heavily linked with a Barcelona swap throughout the summer months and was again heavily touted as a Barcelona target in the lead-up to January.
The Reds refused to sell Coutinho initially in the summer transfer window but the player’s insistence that the move was the right one for him was part of the reason Klopp and the Reds opted to let him leave this month.
Cvording to an interview with Liverpool FC’s website, Klopp said: “It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.
“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.”
Liverpool FC will get ready to begin life without Philippe Coutinho as they concentrate on their next game against Manchester City next Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool booked their place in the fourth round of FA Cup on last weekend with a 2-1 win over derby rivals Everton at Anfield.
Liverpool FC are likely to be busy in the remainder of the January transfer window as Klopp looks to try and replace Coutinho in his squad.