Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool asked Barcelona to loan Coutinho till end of season

Liverpool asked Barcelona to loan Coutinho till end of season

Spurs are confident of agreeing a new deal with the 21-year-old England global.

"Things like the Liverpool transfer can prey on a player's mind", acknowledged Leipzig's director of sport Ralf Rangnick.

In Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp has players who will offer less in attack than Coutinho but will work harder and allow Liverpool to retain a better defensive shape.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain denies talk that Philippe Coutinho is irreplaceable and that Liverpool will struggle hugely without the former Reds no.10.

Being in the world-renowned competition is vital in terms of both buying top players and keeping hold of them, as well as sponsorship and your standing among Europe's elite.

If a deal is agreed for Keita in the winter window, he will become the most expensive player in Liverpool's history. Should either Keita or Van Dijk turn out to be as shrewd a buy as Luis Suarez was in January 2011, the club will have done excellent business.

Coutinho signed for Barcelona on Monday ending his five-year stay at the Merseyside.

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They occupy the fourth and final spot with 16 matches remaining and are on a 13-match unbeaten run in the league, but there is a danger the loss of Coutinho could derail them.

Despite handing in a transfer request, however, Coutinho continued to perform at a level expected of him and his farewell message to Liverpool fans was, by and large, well-received.

Liverpool have this afternoon been dealt a blow in their bid to coax Naby Keita to the club early, after RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuettl categorically ruled out the January departure of his star midfielder.

The Brazilian directly contributed towards 20 goals in as many appearances, and his influence was nearly unrivalled in the squad.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City and Thomas Lemar are two high-profile names that have been linked to replace Coutinho's void, but it remains to be seen whether their respective clubs will agree to let their prized assets depart mid-season.

I have been speaking to contacts around Liverpool to gauge how else they will move on from losing their Magic Man, and many expect the funds to go towards Klopp's long-term plan.

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