Attacker Keen On Joining Arsenal Despite Holding Transfer Talks With Liverpool

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Having stood firm and rebuffed all offers from Barcelona for the playmaker during the summer, Klopp and Liverpool finally conceded defeat last Saturday after it became clear that there was "100 per cent no chance" of Coutinho staying for the second half of the season.

Klopp explained his intention to take a sabbatical from football after an underwhelming final season at Dortmund, only for the football romantic in him to heed Liverpool's call.

New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho wrote a farewell message for his former club Liverpool and shared it on Instagram for his and his former clubs fans.

Providing the Reds can remain secure in defence there will be space for the forwards to run into and plenty of opportunities to counterattack, and they are fully capable of exploiting that even without Coutinho, particularly with Adam Lallana now fully fit again after a four-month layoff. Because I know we tried absolutely everything.

"I wish Phil all the very best but the only thing I'm concentrating on is Liverpool and winning as many games as we can - starting with Man City on Sunday". At some point you need to accept it and that is what we did'. "We have everything we need to go and get the right result". If you don't miss a person then there would have been something wrong when you were together. Chamberlain feels that the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are good enough to make up for Coutinho's absence. Do I think I can still use him?

"It is actually scary as look at the actual amount of goals he scores, but also look at the amount of goals he missed - one versus one, not easy goals at the end of the day, because they are not easy".

It is exactly this new role that has made Mahrez the ideal heir to the throne vacated by Coutinho. But for me? It's business as usual.

Liverpool suffered high-profile exits earlier as well and struggled to replace them for years.

Liverpool are on a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions and host undefeated Premier League leaders Manchester City in a mouth-watering Premier League clash on Sunday.

"There will never be a player that can make me retire or kick me out of here".

The Sporting Lisbon ace is a reported transfer target for Liverpool.

"When I see Liverpool, I always have the impression they want to make their own game", he added.

"I like Phil, fantastic player, behaviour great".

"I think Liverpool play like Liverpool was in the past, in all their history. We have our eyes open in this window but we won't do crazy things", he said. That's not how it will be.

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