Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Liverpool asked Barcelona to loan Coutinho till end of season

Liverpool asked Barcelona to loan Coutinho till end of season

Keita is a more natural midfielder than Coutinho was in the first place and with Salah, Mane and Firming in the attacking three it makes sense that Liverpool would then strengthen behind them.

Keita coupled with the addition of Van Dijk is a far stronger Liverpool side than the one that Coutinho is leaving.

Touted to be the long-term replacement of Andres Iniesta, Coutinho definitely has the skillset to become a huge success at Barcelona.

The transfer is set to go through in the summer but the Reds are keen to bring the move forward this month.

The form table suggests Liverpool have realistic hopes of disrupting Manchester City's waltz towards the Premier League title when they meet on Sunday, although they must quickly learn how to cope without Philippe Coutinho.

"On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans".

"I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me".

But Liverpool now have the chance to press the reset button and close the exit door by quickly reinvesting the Coutinho money.

Liverpool have already agreed to pay the Guinean's £48m release clause which can not be triggered until next summer, with the Reds also agreeing an additional transfer fee to agree to the deal early, with the the midfielder due to move to Anfield in July.

City hasn't triumphed at Anfield since Nicolas Anelka grabbed an injury-time victor against his former club in 2003, making Liverpool its hardest away trip in the Premier League.

Liverpool are still in the Champions League. We know he will help bring energy to Liverpool's midfield and that he is often the catalyst for Klopp's famous gegenpress, but he also needs to contribute goals because very few of the other midfielders look like they can.

The Brazilian, who is now the second most expensive player ever, completed his £142 million (R2.38 billion) move from Liverpool to the Camp Nou on Monday. And they are considering releasing the player earlier than expected in exchange for more cash.

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