Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January, says RB Leipzig coach

Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January, says RB Leipzig coach

Give Everton credit, they were much better on Friday than they were in the league, and Liverpool didn't play particularly well.

Firmino, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had formed a part of Liverpool's vaunted "Fab Four" this season as the Reds terrorised Premier League defences but with Coutinho's departure, the quartet has split to leave Reds fans anxious about the strength of Jurgen Klopp's squad. However, like a child who has to wait for his new toy, Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants the midfielder now, and it will take an extra £13m to make that happen, according to Sky Sports.

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.

Keita had a release clause in his contract which would have seen him become available for £48m this summer, but Liverpool opted to pay over the amount to secure his signature in advance amid interest from Barcelona.

The attacking talent and force Liverpool have under their wing has never been questioned, with Mohamed Salah adding to that significantly this season.

He is coming to Merseyside to play in the Champions League - it would be criminal if he didn't join until the summer, and Liverpool missed out on it.

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Emre Can and Adam Lallana were successful buys in the summer of Suarez's departure, while Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno remain part of the first-team squad. In our opinion, here is Liverpool's strongest XI after Coutinho's exit.

There is always the option that Liverpool spend in January, just not on a Coutinho replacement.

"The situation hasn't changed", Hasenhüttl said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's meeting with second-placed Schalke.

As well as Suso, other names in the hat to replace Coutinho are Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez and Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

They're the type of signing that could come in for money separate to the "Coutinho replacement fund", but help steer Liverpool further on their upwards trajectory until the ideal man becomes available.

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