“We don’t need to replace Phil”

Liverpool’s £53million deal for Nabil Fekir collapsed in June and the saga has been the subject of much publicity this summer, most notably because of the lack of an out and out no.10 within the squad.

The likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have been mentioned as alternatives but with just eight days remaining until the Premier League’s Deadline Day, it seems unlikely that Klopp make any more purchases.

And his comments on finding a replacement for Philippe Coutinho after his switch to Barca in January speak volumes. They’re also unlikely to be taken well by supporters that are desperate to see Fekir or player of his ilk come through the doors before August 9th.

Klopp said: “If we had still had Phil then we could have played with Phil in the final. Mo Salah goes out (injured), but Phil still there. Phil on the left wing, bring Sadio (Mane) to the other side, bring midfielder on – it’s a different story.

“It would have been nice but he wasn’t here any more. We wish him well.

“We don’t need to replace Phil. We need to make a squad for the next year. Out there on the market, there isn’t a Phil Coutinho light. It’s not there.

“But there are a lot of good players and we have brought a few of them in.”