Getting Naby Keita now takes pressure off Liverpool transfer business

Daniel Sturridge

Getting Naby Keita now takes pressure off Liverpool transfer business

MONDAY was, according to Sky Sports, (Philippe) Coutinho Day, with the broadcaster ramping up the excitement ahead of the Brazilian's big-money move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp's side struck a deal with Leipzig to sign Keita during last summer's transfer window for a reported fee of £48m (€54m), with the midfielder remaining at the German club for the duration of the 2017-18 season.

And Diario Gol say that, amid his inconsistent form, Dembele is worried that Coutinho will steal his thunder and march into Valverde's side.

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

The versatile midfielder's exploits were enough to earn him a move to Liverpool, but on the condition that he waited until the end of this season.

Chamberlain has praised Virgil van Dijk for the impact he's had at Liverpool already and believes that he has lifted the spirits of all at the club. It was an honour to play with a magician like you. He was gutted in the summer that RB Leipzig delayed the transfer for a year. "That is all we know".

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"The situation hasn't changed", Hasenhuttl said.

While bringing in any of those names would add great quality to this Reds outfit, it is Keita who has to be the primary focus for the time being.

If a deal is agreed for Keita in the winter window, he will become the most expensive player in Liverpool's history. Obviously, Phil added to that, there is no doubt about that.

The jolt of positivity that Keita joining in January would give everyone of a Reds persuasion cannot be understated, and not securing an early deal would be a kick in the teeth now.

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