Philippe Coutinho sale showed THIS to Jurgen Klopp

That’s the view of former Red Don Hutchison who is backing his old side to win the Premier League this season.

Liverpool sit seven points clear at the top ahead of a crunch clash with Manchester City on Thursday (8pm).

A win over their title rivals would give them a ten point gap with over half the season gone.

It comes despite the sale of Coutinho in January with the Brazilian moving to the Nou Camp for £105million.

The 26-year-old consistently impressed at Anfield and helped the club challenge for the title in 2014.

However since his departure Liverpool have looked stronger and they boosted their ranks with the signings of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk in recent months.

The goalkeeper and defender have been key with the Reds conceding just eight Premier League goals this campaign.

And Hutchison believes Klopp realised he still had goals in his team after Coutinho’s exit and could turn his attention to the other end of the pitch.

“Who would have thought this by the way when they sold Coutinho,” Hutchison said.

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Liverpool transfer news: Philippe Coutinho sale showed THIS to Jurgen Klopp

LIVERPOOL’s sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona showed Jurgen Klopp exactly what he needed at Anfield.

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That’s the view of former Red Don Hutchison who is backing his old side to win the Premier League this season.

Liverpool sit seven points clear at the top ahead of a crunch clash with Manchester City on Thursday (8pm).

A win over their title rivals would give them a ten point gap with over half the season gone.

It comes despite the sale of Coutinho in January with the Brazilian moving to the Nou Camp for £105million.

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The 26-year-old consistently impressed at Anfield and helped the club challenge for the title in 2014.

However since his departure Liverpool have looked stronger and they boosted their ranks with the signings of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk in recent months.

The goalkeeper and defender have been key with the Reds conceding just eight Premier League goals this campaign.

And Hutchison believes Klopp realised he still had goals in his team after Coutinho’s exit and could turn his attention to the other end of the pitch.

“Who would have thought this by the way when they sold Coutinho,” Hutchison said.

Philippe Coutinho switched Liverpool for Barcelona in January (Image: GETTY)

Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to the top of the Premier League (Image: GETTY)

“They sold Coutinho and you started to wonder where Liverpool are going here.

“If they’d have kept him and bought Van Dijk, we are just talking Monopoly money, but they’ve done the right thing.

“They realised they lost an unbelievable player but they’ve got Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Lallana, Naby Keita, guys who can score.

“They thought ‘what do we really need?’ and it’s been obvious for years it was goalkeeper and centre-half.”

Van Dijk made the switch to Liverpool in January for a record-breaking £75million.


And pundit Ian Wright believes the former Celtic and Southampton star is the best in England.

“When you look at the way he plays, he has everything you need as a centre-half,” Wright said.

“I think people disrespected the Scottish game because he made it look even easier when he was there, people were saying he’s too relaxed.

“When he went to Southampton he got better and when he went to Liverpool he’s got better again.

“For me he is the best centre-half in the world at the moment.”

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