With Philippe Coutinho gone, much of the burden falls to Adam Lallana

With Philippe Coutinho gone, much of the burden falls to Adam Lallana

Liverpool have already agreed to pay the Guinean's £48m release clause which can not be triggered until next summer, with the Reds also agreeing an additional transfer fee to agree to the deal early, with the the midfielder due to move to Anfield in July. They committed to pay more than Keita's buyout clause and are open to now add a supplement to the €75m agreed to hurry his arrival to this month.

United had the chance to make a statement after selling Ronaldo, and they blew it, but Liverpool can not afford to do the same.

But as Liverpool found out with Philippe Coutinho, a disgruntled player and a bundle of cash can change a club's position.

Although far from a like-for-like player, acquiring Keita before this window closes would make up for the loss of a wonderful footballer.

Coutinho signed for Barcelona on Monday ending his five-year stay at the Merseyside.

But Liverpool knew this day would come, and I'd like to think they've been working hard to prepare for it.

Liverpool's hopes of bringing forward Naby Keita's move to Anfield have been boosted after RB Leipzig softened their stance, according to reports in Germany.

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

Liverpool are set to offer Roberto Firmino a new contract that will keep him at the club until the end of his playing career.

Liverpool do not believe the sale of vital players will become the norm under Klopp, as it did for him when he was Borussia Dortmund manager.

Liverpool have been linked with Lemar, who would go some way to immediately restocking the squad with talent. They feel his was an "isolated" case, and the player had expressed a desire to join Barcelona for years.

Momentum is huge in football, and the Reds do not want to surrender it by losing Coutinho and waiting until the summer for Keita.