Coutinho finally joined Barcelona earlier this month in a deal that could reach up to £142million.
Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 league and cup appearances for Liverpool after joining for £8.5m from Inter Milan in January 2013.
Liverpool did not miss Coutinho against Manchester City at all. Nobody told me 'no way'. But we tried everything [to keep Coutinho].
"I think they deserved the tight result, but of course we could have won 4-1 as well".
The Liverpool manager added: "It's normal in this business, you lose players and you buy players".
Klopp made the comments on Friday during a press conference. "We knew it when the club tried everything". Phil was always a guy who listened to the coaching and worked with the team. We will bring in other players, that's for sure. I respected I was the new boy and I had a lot of learning to do. The club was fighting until the last second and that's the case.
And, as always, Ox went out of his way to prove what a treasure he is off the pitch, too.
'I don't want to sound disrespectful because I really liked him.
Coutinho, however, wasn't prepared to let this opportunity slip away. We all enjoyed playing with him. It's never easy to talk about this all the time. "We have these players". Since I arrived I saw what an influential part he was of the side.
"I don't know if you can compare - we lost plenty at Dortmund!"
"It's not luck that they have won with a few late goals, it shows their quality". If someone wanted to have other players then it's my fault.
The league table would appear to suggest the same thing and Liverpool's Dutch midfielder believes City have earned their place at the top.
Klopp insists that history won't repeat itself.
Barcelona have announced their second signing of 2018, with defender Yerry Mina joining La Liga's leaders from Brazilian side Palmeiras for €11.8 million.
"We don't play 'hero' football".
"We already did put responsibility on different shoulders". Without him really well, sometimes not.
West Ham vice-chairman Brady has suggested that the Reds should invest the money in the squad. It's all about how we react as a club.
"You want to play as much as possible but I am not the type of character to go bursting walls down", he says of the quiet start to life at Anfield. "You will probably know before I do".
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