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Klopp: Fans Will Forgive Coutinho As He Wanted Barcelona Not Everton!

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said that it would be difficult for Philippe Coutinho to settle back in at Anfield had he wanted to leave for a club other than Barcelona… like Everton.

Klopp says all is okay between Coutinho and Liverpool

Coutinho will now have to wait to return to Livepool’s starting XI after failing to force through a move to Barcelona last month – but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that all is well between them.

Klopp has welcomed back Coutinho into the fold and has told his players to get behind the Brazilian.

Sources reveal that Klopp also urged Liverpool fans to get behind Coutinho, who had angered them by revealing that he would not play another game for the Reds if he was not allowed to leave for Barca.

Philippe Coutinho wanted to join Barcelona but now must stay with Liverpool

But Klopp has now insisted that he is in no hurry to push Coutinho into action and believes that the Brazilian needs time to fully recover from a recent back problem.

The wantaway star is yet to play for Liverpool this season after handing in a transfer request and complaining of a back-injury, but surprisingly he was declared fit to play in the World Cup qualifiers for Brazil.

The Liverpool star made two substitute appearances for Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers, finding the net as they outplayed Ecuador 2-0 last week.

Coutinho made two substitute appearances – and scored – for Brazil during the international break

He returned to training at at Liverpool’s Melwood base on Thursday, after flying back to Merseyside following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Colombia.

Coutinho and Salah

Bacelona saw three bids for Coutinho rejected this summer, with the player handing in a transfer request to force through his move to the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian did not play a single game for Liverpool since submitting a transfer request but Klopp insisted that the player’s back injury is genuine.

Jurgen Klopp beleives Coutinho needs time before getting back into action for the Reds

Liverpool boss Klopp held talks with Coutinho for the first time after the transfer window closed that saw the Brazilian failing to secure his dream move to Barcelona.

The former Dortmund boss is happy that everything has cooled down between them.

Klopp is confident there will be no problem reintegrating Coutinho as he did not seek a move to Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals.

“Do I think that somebody could have [a complaint]? Most of them are friends for many years,” he said. “100 per cent if a club like Barcelona is around then nobody says: ‘Are you crazy, what do you want to go there for?’

Coutinho proved that he is a fighter

“Everyone has this little bit of understanding and thinks ‘OK it’s Barcelona’ and it is not that he wants to go to Everton. Then it would have been different I would say. Another wonderful club but a different situation.”

“[The rest of the squad] know him. He wasn’t in for three, now four weeks with the international break, that is nothing. They are really good friends. They understand it a bit. They probably wished it could have been different, but now it is not anything.”

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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