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Liverpool to use Coutinho money to keep Firmino for life

12 January 2018

Shortly after putting pen to paper for Spanish football giants FC Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho used his Instagram page to post a farewell message to Liverpool and their supporters.

Leipzig are now fifth in the Bundesliga after a stunning debut season past year, and have been knocked out of both the German Cup and Champions League - dropping down to the Europa League after finishing third behind Besiktas and Porto in Group G.

Although Coutinho will no longer be able to provide the trio with ammunition, they still have the speed and guile to trouble Pep Guardiola's side at the back.

It is fair to say Coutinho has also spent the last five months dreaming of a move to Spain despite Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group issuing a statement in August insisting "no offers would be considered".

The Brazil worldwide has seen his star rise exponentially at Liverpool under the guidance of Klopp having started slowly with former manager Brendan Rodgers following his 2015 move from Hoffenheim.

Though Suarez is happy at Barca, Coutinho's arrival along with Ousmane Dembele's return from injury and a potential summer move for Antoine Griezmann could push the Uruguayan out of the line-up. "I will work hard to live up to the expectations of me in training and on the pitch".

Liverpool star Adam Lallana
GETTYTim Sherwood doesn't think Adam Lallana can fill the void left behind by Philippe Coutinho

In the 13 league games since then, Liverpool has won nine and drawn the other four.

The Reds have already signed one player this month after having tied up a deal for Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Liverpool have this afternoon been dealt a blow in their bid to coax Naby Keita to the club early, after RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuettl categorically ruled out the January departure of his star midfielder.

Keita will remain in Leipzig colours this season, the German side insist.

The absence of Coutinho this weekend will only help that quest.

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Liverpool to use Coutinho money to keep Firmino for life