This will probably be my last blog on Coutinho but I think it's worth highlighting what Klopp said in the Man City press conference (it's free on the This Is Anfield website if you want to view it) as it ties up some loose ends. Klopp was surprisingly honest and this is what he said:
"There was no other option. I knew there was a moment when it would come up again in this transfer window and it came up massively. It would have been very difficult if we say – and we could have done of course with his contract – ‘You have to stay here’. (I asked myself) ‘To use him as a player in the second part of the season did it make sense? Do I think I can use him and can he help us?’ It became 100 per cent clear, no chance. He was not ready to do that any more. I know the club tried everything to convince Phil to stay here and was fighting until the last second and tried everything. It was his dream (to move to Barcelona) and there was a moment when we had to accept that."
So, to all those who've said Klopp should've held firm and told Coutinho he was going nowhere the brutal truth is that Coutinho had basically downed tools. If Coutinho was no longer willing to play then his services wouldn't be available and, more importantly, the ostracising of a popular player within the squad would've been a very divisive action. Given this information, I don't think there is any realistic argument against the fact that Klopp did the right thing by letting Coutinho go for such a substantial fee. The big question now is whether Klopp will make the right decisions regarding the squad from this point forward.