Coutinho joined the Catalan club last week in a transfer worth £142m, the second-most expensive in the history of football.
"There was no other option". "It was clear there was no chance". Since I arrived I saw what an influential part he was of the side.
Coutinho's absence from the Liverpool squad that beat Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup over a week ago led to concerns among Liverpool fans that he was on his way out.
Mahrez himself, however, reportedly favours a move to London, and Arsenal could yet be tempted into a move if the reports about their star midfielder Alexis Sanchez signing for Manchester City or Manchester United are to be believed. You need to react.
Oddly enough, I think he will have full control of the remaining cash they have after spending £75m on Virgil van Dijk but I would be surprised if Klopp does any major business before the end of January. That would be not too cool. The club was fighting until the last second to keep him. "You will probably know before I do. You cannot use him if he's not 100 per-cent".
Sunday's opponents have shown that it can be done. "But I could not decide differently". "For me, there was no different decision possible".
Figo said of the Premier League's quintet: "In the Champions League they are doing pretty well until now, that shows they have potential, sporting potential, financial potential and of course that helps you to make stronger teams". We don't have to replace him in this window, we have to step up.
"I said, 'Wow, come on!' But then coming here and feeling the spirit immediately, it was just, for me, a match in heaven". Do I think we can still use him?
"We made that decision".
We only have to carry on.
"He's a good guy we play against each other a couple of times - he's a fantastic player. It's Anfield, I'm really looking forward to it".
Furthermore, his versatility means that he can comfortably change positions with wingers and attacking midfielders, confusing the opposition defence as they can never be sure who is playing in which position. We played good without him and not that good without him.
So many, in fact, that Coutinho's news conference was moved from the media room to the Auditori 1899 to fit everyone in - an honour not even afforded to Luis Suarez in 2014.
"We don't play 'hero football'. But that won't happen".