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​Liverpool news: Selling Philippe Coutinho ‘was bad business’ – Bellamy

Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona hasn’t changed Liverpool’s inability to break down lesser sides.

Those are the thoughts of former Liverpool star-turned pundit Craig Bellamy.

Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142million at the start of the month.

However, following the Brazilian’s departure, the Reds have failed to replace him.

Although a deal to fast track Naby Keita’s move was discussed, it is unlikely to happen before deadline day tomorrow.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have seen a downturn in results after they lost 1-0 to Swansea last week and West Brom in the FA Cup on Saturday.

When asked about the effect of Liverpool losing Coutinho, Bellamy told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “You can’t replace Coutinho.

“You certainly won’t be able to in this transfer window.

“You just have to find a different solution.

“Liverpool attacking wise it isn’t a concern for me.

“It hasn’t been for a couple of years for me.

“It’s the transition and balance between losing the ball up front, they leave their defence very vulnerable.
“Also breaking teams down now has been a problem for a couple of years.

“Now they have lost Coutinho, lost against Sansea and West Brom, people will say Coutinho was bad business.

“It was gonna happen. We knew that. It didn’t happen in the summer, but this window we knew it was coming.

“They have had a problem against these teams over past couple of years.

“This is nothing to do with Coutinho going. It is about Liverpool breaking down teams that are defensively well organised.”

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