Liverpool could sign Naby Keita in January by paying £13m

As Liverpool come to terms with life after Coutinho, one short-term option may be to hasten the arrival of.

But, until then, while his digits passed match-fit, his thigh did not and Phil is out for three weeks.

Coutinho's exit left a rather bitter taste, and fans understandably expressed their concerns about how he would be replaced.

The 20-year-old has endured a difficult start to his Barca career.

"Nothing has changed", said Ralph Hasenhüttl, the Leipzig coach, before his team's match on Saturday against Schalke 04.

Jurgen Klopp's refusal to sell Philippe Coutinho over the summer to Barcelona directly helped former club Dortmund with their own sale, according to Raphael Honigstein on the Totally Football Show.

Stumping up extra cash for quite possibly Europe's most complete midfielder, in order for him to be in the Reds jersey earlier than expected, is not even a decision worth weighing up. It was an honour to play with a magician like you.

"The fact is he has gone now and we have to think 'What have we got that is going to get the job done?'"

Liverpool have reportedly held discussions with RB Leipzig with a view to bringing forward the transfer of Naby Keita.

Zinedine Zidane could cause an issue in the move however, as he is keen to keep his playing staff with Los Blancos intact throughout the season.

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RB Leipzig have previously said that there is no way that they would let him go midseason.

Barcelona ultimately rejected their attempts to loan Coutinho, who will be ineligible to play for his new club in this season's Champions League.

"There's a lot of noise around what's happening and that can make things a bit difficult".

  • Ricardo Clara