Liverpool’s Klopp says he misses Coutinho who he’ll face with Barcelona

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Published on April 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

Liverpool’s Klopp says he misses Coutinho who he’ll face with Barcelona

Liverpool’s Klopp says he feared the worst when Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona, but says the club has done well since.

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Liverpool’s Klopp says he misses Coutinho who he’ll face with Barcelona

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (APRIL 30, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL COACH, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: "Yes, we miss Phil Coutinho a lot because he is a world class player and I loved working together with him, but we had to deal without him and we did well.

So, that's all I can say about that.

We really did well.

But, when I first heard that he wanted to go to Barcelona, I couldn't imagine it would be good, but we did good." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL COACH, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: "It's very emotional and the better we are, the more emotional that atmosphere will be.

So, that's how it is and it should be like that.

So, we accept that.

That's a home advantage for Barcelona tomorrow and we have a home advantage next Tuesday.

So, we will see who could use the advantage more and that's it.

And we know how difficult is to play against Barcelona because of the quality they have, obviously." 3.

LIVERPOOL DEFENDER, VIRGIL VAN DIJK, ARRIVING AT NOU CAMP FOR TRAINING SESSION 4.

FORWARD, MOHAMED SALAH, GREETING A JOURNALIST AT NOU CAMP 5.

MIDFIELDER, JAMES MILNER, AT NOU CAMP 6.

VARIOUS OF PLAYERS AT NOU CAMP STORY: Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said he feared the worst when Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona but congratulated his side for thriving in the Brazilian's absence as they prepare for a reunion in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca signed Coutinho for a club record 142 million pounds ($185.18 million dollars) in January 2018.

Yet while the playmaker has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, Liverpool have soared, taking the Premier League title race with Manchester City to the wire and fighting to reach a second consecutive European Cup final.

Liverpool put the considerable windfall they received from selling Coutinho towards signing defensive linchpin Virgil van Dijk, goalkeeper Alisson Becker as well as midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, creating a more complete squad.

"We miss Phil Coutinho a lot because he is a world class player and I loved working together with him, but we had to deal without him and we did well," Klopp told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's (May 1) first leg at the Nou Camp.

"When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona I couldn't imagine it would be good, but we did good." Klopp also highlighted the progress his side have made since he took over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 and they had to endure two seasons without Champions League football.

He also laughed off a suggestion he could see the semi-final as a distraction from the club's bid to win a first league title since 1990.

Klopp said his side would dedicate part of their game plan on shackling Lionel Messi, but also stressed the quality Barca have elsewhere on the pitch.

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