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The long-running saga of Coutinho was finally brought to an end earlier on Monday when Barcelona paraded their club-record signing – with Philippe Coutinho becoming the third most expensive player in history. Barcelona will pay Liverpool an estimated €120million up front – with a further €40million in incentives and add-ons – meaning only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have cost more in the history of the game.

However, the arrival of the 25-year-old may force Ivan Rakitic out of the club. The Croatia international has been a regular ever since arriving from Sevilla in the summer of 2014, helping Barcelona win two La Liga titles as well as the Champions League in that time.

However, Diario Gol claims that Liverpool are interested in snapping up Rakitic after selling Coutinho. The report also suggests that Arsenal are also eager to strike a deal for the Croatian star, while Serie A champions Juventus remain keen to sign the midfielder at the end of the season.

Barcelona’s other midfielders have been in fine form this season, with summer signing Paulinho impressing the most. Andreas Iniesta continues to excel despite nearing the twilight of his career, while Sergio Busquets remains a vital cog in the Barcelona engine room.

That leaves Rakitic’s future uncertain at Camp Nou following the arrival of Coutinho. The 29-year-old is supposedly open to a move away but will only consider his options after the World Cup, which kicks off in June in Russia. However, speaking of Coutinho’s deal, Rakitic has suggested Barcelona may have overpaid for the Brazilian playmaker.

“My opinion doesn’t matter, but the price has gone a bit high, that’s what the market dictates,” Rakitic was quoted as saying by Marca.”

“Every great player is welcome here. I congratulate the president and everyone else who made it possible for him to be here. He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he’s now at the biggest club in the world.”

Coutinho will not be eligible to feature in the Champions League this season but will boost Barca’s bid for a domestic double, with the Catalans leading Atletico Madrid by 9 points at the top of La Liga.

“We are happy another player has joined us, one who is among the very best. Obviously, he can’t play in the Champions League, but we already knew that. He will help us in LaLiga and hopefully the Copa del Rey, but we must give him time to settle,” he noted.

I feel that Rakitic would be a good signing for us in the event of Emre Can’s departure. What’s your opinion?

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“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan

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There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.

The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.

The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.

The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.

The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.

Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.

The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.

Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.

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Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs

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Premier League leaders Liverpool could become the first football to post an annual net profit of more than €100million, according to Inside World Football (h/t Mirror).

The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.

There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.

The report adds that the Reds recorded a turnover of €364million in 2016-17 but that should jump up to more than €450million when the accounts are published by Companies House in March.

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.

Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.

We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.

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The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon

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Liverpool face a tough task of signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig after Ralf Rangnick’s later comments.

The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.

Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.

Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.

Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:

“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”

The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.

The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.

The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.

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Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.

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