Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he told Philippe Coutinho to join Bayern Munich after being offered the opportunity to re-sign the playmaker from FC Barcelona.
Coutinho established himself as a global superstar with his displays in the Premier League with the Reds before earning a club-record transfer to FC Barcelona in 2018.
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However, the Brazil playmaker failed to replicate the form in LaLiga during the two and half seasons under Ernesto Valverde and was subsequently made available for transfer.
The 27-year-old was mooted as a possible makeweight to lure Neymar back to the Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain but surprisingly ended up joining the Bundesliga giants on a loan.
With Bayern forking out a reported £7.6 million fee, as well as his wages for the duration of the season-long switch, Klopp has explained why the European champions opted against his return.
“I personally told him that Bayern and him would be a good fit," Klopp told German newspaper Bild. “He’s a world-class player and a really good signing for Bayern - and the Bundesliga.
“It may sound strange, but we didn’t have enough money to get him. We’d already spent all the money we got for him.”