Klopp let Coutinho go as he was not sure of player’s commitment to Liverpool

• It could have been very difficult if we said ‘you have to stay here’
• ‘I know the club tried absolutely everything to convince Phil to stay’

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool had to sell Philippe Coutinho this month because he could not be sure of the Brazilian’s commitment for the remainder of the season.

Liverpool sanctioned Coutinho’s dream move to Barcelona on Saturday for £142m, the second biggest transfer fee in history until Kylian Mbappé makes his £160m switch to Paris Saint-Germain permanent. The Anfield club resisted three previous offers for the 25-year-old last summer and had wanted to keep their influential playmaker until the summer.

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