Michael Owen Warns Against Liverpool Signing Leicester Attacker as Philippe Coutinho Replacement

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Yet that strident tone changed ahead of the latest transfer window and, in his first public comment since Coutinho's sale, Klopp made clear that Liverpool felt they had no choice but to negotiate the move.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is effusive in his praise of the Brazil worldwide; protective too, as witnessed by his defence of Coutinho when the then delicate subject of Barcelona cropped up on Sky after Liverpool's win at Bournemouth last month.

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"I was at a big club previously and being at big one now, you know you are always going to have to perform under pressure".

Philippe Coutinho sealed his dream move™ to Barcelona this month, the Catalan giants finally landing their man having been frustrated in their pursuit of the Brazilian last summer. Do I think we can still use him? We have unbelievable players who can score like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool struck a deal with Leipzig to sign Keita during last summer's transfer window for a reported fee of £48m (€54m) with the midfielder remaining at the German club for the duration of the 2017-18 season.

"He's a good guy we play against each other a couple of times - he's a fantastic player".

"If we do something then it needs to be the right decision".

Liverpool have opened talks with RB Leipzig over signing Naby Keita this month
GETTY Liverpool have opened talks with RB Leipzig over signing Naby Keita this month

"[In terms of] a replacement, first of all if we have to replace him internally, then we will go with open eyes through this transfer window, but we will not make insane things". We have to make the best of it. "It's Anfield, I'm really looking forward to it". I knew there would be that process. "We have our eyes open in this window but we won't do insane things", he said.

The Liverpool manager added: "It's normal in this business, you lose players and you buy players".

"Even when there were times I wasn't playing as much as I would have liked, I respected I was the new boy and I had a lot of learning to do".

"But if you want the truth, we don't know anything about this". "Their connection is very good for the team, it is essential and it gives a good look at the synchronization of the two wings we have", he finished.

"The manager has been brilliant ever since I've come here".

Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League and host leaders Manchester City at 16:00 GMT on Sunday. If nothing happens in this moment Mo is back.

"We have just brought in Virgil and what an fantastic addition he has been".

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