Brazil global Coutinho joined the Spanish giants earlier this week for 160 million euros ($194 million, £142 million) after failing to force through the move during the summer transfer window. It is a pretty easy answer....
In his blog for BetVictor, Owen has given his thoughts on the Algerian winger, saying: "I was asked this week if I thought Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Anfield, would be the ideal replacement for Coutinho but I couldn't agree". Because I know we tried absolutely everything. "I am not the type of character to go bursting walls down".
"There was a moment when we had to accept that".
Hazard has six Premier League goals so far this season as the Blues sit third behind both Manchester clubs, and has a League Cup semi-final second leg against Arsenal and Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona to look forward to in the coming weeks.
"I knew it would come up again in the transfer window and I knew it would be very hard".
"There will never be a player that can make me retire or kick me out of here". I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now.
"To use him as a player in the second part of the season, did it make sense?" It was clear he was not ready to do that anymore.
"From day one, I wanted to play as much as possible, so I was always trying to do my best to put pressure on the manager to play me", he said. If you react to the things they do, you will lose. It is all about the atmosphere in the club. That would be not too cool. Use it, don't suffer because of it.
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Coutinho officially transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona on Monday, after multiple offers for the Brazilian had been exchanged.
"If we do something then it needs to be the right decision".
"When Phil didn't play in some games we still played great football and we still have fantastic players who can score goals - the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio [Mane], Roberto [Firmino] and everyone else", he told United Kingdom newspapers.
"The manager has been brilliant ever since I've come here".
"We go with open eyes".
"The only thing I'm concentrating on is Liverpool and winning as many games as we can - starting with Man City on Sunday". That's how it is. Having already brought in Van Dijk, if Liverpool were able to land Keita now as well they would arguably be stronger at the end of this window than they were at the start of it, even with the loss of Coutinho. "We came out to set the tempo of the game against a team that want a lot of the ball".
"I knew Phil was a world-class talent before I joined. All the rest, nothing to say about it".
Coutinho is training at the Ciutat Esportiva and recovering from a thigh injury. If nothing happens in this moment Mo is back.More news: China's Huawei Features US Traction Regardless of Spying Fear
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