Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

£13M figure suggested to bring Naby Keita to Liverpool 6 months early

£13M figure suggested to bring Naby Keita to Liverpool 6 months early

Philippe Coutinho also secured his move away from Anfield on Monday as his big-money transfer to Barcelona was finally confirmed this week.

Liverpool agreed a deal with Leipzig in August of previous year worth £66.4m (€75m) for Keita to come to Anfield on July 1, 2018.

"As I said, you don't like to see friends leave - and Phil was a really good guy as well - but you wish them all the best".

Liverpool has to move on, and quickly: Manchester City - the unbeaten English Premier League leader - arrives at Anfield on Sunday, in the Reds' first match without Coutinho as they battle for a finish in the Champions League qualification positions.

Several key figures of Liverpool's current squad are expected to be offered similar deals to Firmino, who is set to enter into formal negotiations in the near future. That's what I've felt from the moment I came here.

"A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so", he added.

'I needed a change and a new challenge.

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City have not won in the Red half of Merseyside in the league for nearly 15 years.

Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek commented "This is the best thing I have ever heard", while the song was even retweeted by former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher.

'Of course they are not unbeatable, ' he says with confidence.

Coutinho's £142million exit has caused the club to reevaluate their policy when it comes to their star players.

'We need to defend well and attack like we know we can. This year Pep Guardiola has deployed Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in deeper roles than we are used to seeing them, which in turn has allowed City to still field three pacy forward players ahead of them.

Despite this apparent strong financial position, Liverpool may still struggle to convince the German side to part with the Guinean worldwide in January.

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