Liverpool hope to keep Roberto Firmino for the rest of his career

Liverpool hope to keep Roberto Firmino for the rest of his career

Lallana is still not fully up to speed but when he is, the England international is an important part of Liverpool's team pressing, mobility, and ball-carrying in midfield.

Judging by his much-repeated hand gestures there was never a question over the fitness of the Brazilian's thumbs, so we were just waiting for Barca's man with the stethoscope to encourage Phil to cough and tap the playmaker's knees with a hammer before the Anfield bank balance was blessed with a £142million Bacs transfer.

"There are contracts which say that he will be a Liverpool employee from 1 July onwards".

Stumping up extra cash for quite possibly Europe's most complete midfielder, in order for him to be in the Reds jersey earlier than expected, is not even a decision worth weighing up.

Firmino did have a particular good relationship with Coutinho on and off the park, however.

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It's an option the Merseyside club explored unsuccessfully before Christmas but the Bundesliga winter break has led to Leipzig re-evaluating their position. It's a deep-rooted belief he would rather build a side than buy success-so Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are likely to help fill the Coutinho void.

Touted to be the long-term replacement of Andres Iniesta, Coutinho definitely has the skillset to become a huge success at Barcelona.

The Brazil playmaker, who contributed 12 goals this season, completed his dream £142 million move to Barcelona on Monday to leave a significant hole in Jurgen Klopp's side.

Liverpool appear to be keeping their transfer business very close to their chest since last summer's debacle with Van Dijk, but the names they are being linked with should allow fans to feel excited. I am not worried.