Klopp: Countinho will be welcomed back to training

"It suggests that they are both delighted about the idea of coming; they want to come".

"I think Arsenal change style always when they play us". "We won three of four and we should have won the first one [a 3-3 draw at Watford]". The playmaker has not turned out for Liverpool since the pre-season and since the interest from Barcelona came around.

Coutinho's situation was not overshadowing Liverpool's preparations ahead of a night their manager happily labelled a final.

Such a deal would make Coutinho the second most expensive player in history, behind only Neymar, who left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain for €222m this month. He's a wonderful midfield creator. Adam Lallana is proof that moving back from an advanced position can lead to increased productivity, not less.

Sometimes goals and assists aren't enough. There are times when emotion can bridge the gap but Liverpool need more than desire to be considered among the big clubs once again. That extra spark of lightning, something that will ignite a match and send the crowd into frenzy. The MSN is no more, but the MSD is a potentially frightening forward line too. Sometimes. How about a flip-flap? Diego in the meantime watches and waits. I already knew it. But I'm sure a lot of people in England didn't expect the quality they saw.

"The squad is good".

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, wants to move to Atletico Madrid - and has got the removal men in at his Surrey home.

Here both players are willing and able to engage in the high-press Klopp demands.

Maybe then Coutinho will accept his Barcelona dream is over for now. The Brazilian won 23 tackles and made 14 interceptions last season (to Mané's 16 and 8) and is simply a more accomplished defender.

"I will not think about this when I am at home in my bed and thinking about the game". Marcus is copying the style and dedication of his idol David Beckham. "He was back training today but Phil was not back because the risk of spreading was too big". You'll know them by the sound the crowd makes when they're on the ball.

Liverpool said this week that Coutinho was also ill. Coutinho, meanwhile, has a five-year deal on the table from the Catalans. Then he started flirting with Barcelona (and hey, that's understandable).

Wouldn't it be fantastic to finally get van Dijk?

"Andrew Robertson showed up against Crystal Palace". Popping up out of nowhere to save the day. This was Klopp's vision for Liverpool, heavy metal football at its clashing, crashing best.

  • Ricardo Clara