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In what is a shocking news for us Liverpool fans, the club has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has completed his British-record €160million (£142million) move to Barcelona. As shocking as it may sound, the Brazilian has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with a whopping €400m release clause. (The Telegraph)

The player has already landed in Spain to finalise the move and reports suggest that the Catalans have to pay €120m as a guaranteed base fee, with another €40m in performance and appearance-related add-ons. The magical midfielder is expected to complete his medical today and the deal is all done.

A statement from Liverpool read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to medical and agreement of personal terms.

“The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.”

Coutinho has been linked with a move to Barcelona since time immemorial and after months of negotiations and rejected bids, it looks like we have agreed to sell our talismanic attacker. Although we managed to keep hold of Coutinho in the summer, it seems we couldn’t do much this time around.

There are reports which suggest that Coutinho has paid out of his pocket to seal his dream move. Barca reportedly refused to budge from their offer of £97.5m plus £35m in add-ons following the Nike gaffe, so Coutinho offered to pay the £12.5m difference out of his own salary.

Philippe Coutinho will move ahead of Ousmane Dembele as Barca’s highest-cost recruit as well as surpass Paul Pogba as the biggest player trade involving an English club.

The Brazil attacker could attend Barcelona’s game against Levante on Sunday, with the club hoping to have him training with his new team-mates on Monday. He should be available for Barcelona when they face Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday.

This is disheartening, to say the least. Coutinho could have stayed with us at least until the summer as the season looked like it was taking shape. With the arrival of van Dijk being done a few days back, all that we needed was this set of players to remain intact and keep fighting on all fronts. Nevertheless, it is always better to let go of a player who doesn’t have his heart at the club.

Philippe Coutinho is not bigger than Liverpool FC and I am sure that Klopp will do everything possible to ensure that the attacker’s departure doesn’t affect our performances.

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Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.

Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.

The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.

Redknapp was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro) and claims such games are huge for the supporters:

“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.

“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.

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United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.

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“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe

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Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded the latest Jose Mourinho jibe where the Manchester United manager claimed that trophies are important.

The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.

The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).

“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”

“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”

The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.

Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.

“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.

“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”

The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.

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Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.

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Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

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Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.

The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.

The Brazilian has been exceptional for us since signing from AS Roma, and the keeper spoke to the Times (h/t ESPN) claiming that the save almost felt like scoring a game-winning goal.

“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.

“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”

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The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.

“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”

The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.

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Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.

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