Liverpool at a crossroads after Coutinho sale

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

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

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

It is a move that makes compete and utter sense for Liverpool.

In Germany it's reported Keita is moving to Liverpool in the summer for €75m, higher than some English figures, and Bild state for €20m more he can go in January. They're well positioned to attract a Coutinho replacement.

"Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool, me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends", he said.

"When you lose anyone like Phil, I wouldn't say you're losing out, but you want as many good players as you can have in your team".

Coutinho dazzled Anfield and the Premier League for five-years in a Liverpool shirt, but his £150 million move to Barcelona, a move he has called a "dream", is now complete.

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

Liverpool have been dealt a decisive blow in their attempts to bring Naby Keita to the club this month, with RB Leipzig adamant an early move to Anfield is not an option. Coutinho has added himself to that stellar list, and Salah could well be the next following his incredible scoring output this season.

Vidal, who has only featured ten times for the Catalan giants this season, was signed from Sevilla in 2015 for £13m. At a massive club like Liverpool, people are going to come and go.

A move for Lemar and perhaps a top-class goalkeeper, such as Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, would be a smart way to spend the Coutinho money, but the ball is now in Liverpool's court. 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.

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