Liverpool boosted in early Keita arrival hopes

"We had flashes of that in the game at the Etihad", the former Arsenal and France forward told Sky Sports.

Hasenhuettl's comments echo those made by Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff earlier this month, who insisted the dates on the contracts drawn up with Liverpool mean there can be no deal this month.

So yeah, show that man his money.

"He will play at the weekend against Schalke and hopefully he does well".

However, some fans saw the lighter side of the German trickery.

The 30-year-old played some of the best football of his career at Newcastle and PSG are eager to sell so he won't be expensive.

"We don't have to replace him as such, we will still have 11 players".

The Barça president did not see this as a viable option.

"It was an honour, El Wizard, to play together with you". The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous.

They are also said to be confident of convincing the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to pledge their futures to the side.

And in a heartfelt facebook post to Coutinho, Firmino wrote: "Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother".

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Keita is the next link in an economic chain that measures the inflation of transfer fees in the last six months, the tail of a story that began with Barcelona receiving a world-record €222m for Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, then paying two thirds of that to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho this week, with Liverpool staking the Coutinho income on Virgil Van Dijk, a defender to reinforce the part of the squad most obviously in need of an expert, and on a midfielder whose sphere of influence will be Keita's to define. I am not worried.

How will Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp ensure that doesn't happen?

This time, it's supposed to be different. At the Camp Nou, though, the decision was clear. As a centre back, you see every single thing and sometimes talking and communicating can stop a counter.

"I think that Naby wants to finish the season in a good way in Leipzig".

Riyad Mahrez is supposedly one of the potential Coutinho replacements on Liverpool's radar.

Vanessa Coleman