Firmino tells Coutinho: Liverpool different without you

Riyad Mahrez in talks to sign for Liverpool but he wants Arsenal transfer

Firmino is a key part of manager Jurgen Klopp's "gegenpressing" tactic, with the No. 9 happy to defend from the front by pressing defenders in possession of the ball.

The Premier League returns this weekend after an FA Cup hiatus with a heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Manchester City while Arsenal can not afford to be cut adrift in the race for Champions League places.

However, Klopp now has great problems after the departure of Philippe Coutinho, as Liverpool are struggling to find a suitable replacement.

Liverpool are likely to turn their contract-renewal priorities to Emre Can first, as the German's current deal expires in the summer and the club are in danger of losing him on a free transfer.

The FC panel assess how the arrival of Virgil van Dijk and departure of Philippe Coutinho will affect Liverpool in the race for the top four.

But Leipzig do not want to lose Keita this month as they still remain in a battle to secure Champions League qualification for next campaign and find themselves in the round-of-32 of this season's Europa League.


"It is our job to keep the wheels moving and momentum going".

And there were some Liverpool supporters who thought it was official confirmation that Leipzig had agreed to sell Keita this month. Especially not when you've got Mo Salah banging in goals for fun.

But his stay on Merseyside could be short-lived, with Madrid keen to bring in a big name to counter Barcelona's signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Sturridge has struggled for regular starts this season and is keen to be playing more football ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation in the summer. It would take the pressure off their transfer business in the rest of this window.

Last term, Keita showed how effective he can be in attack with eight league goals and seven assists in 31 appearances.

Lemar turned down a £90m move to Arsenal on deadline day in August, and Monaco are set to begin the bidding for the 22-year-old's services at that figure.

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