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Liverpool have been given an added boost in acquiring Naby Keita in the current transfer window after a report from Bild has claimed that the Reds can complete the deal in the winter if they agree to pay an added fee in the range of £13.2m-£17.7m for the midfielder.

The Reds signed Keita last summer, putting an end to the transfer saga, after activating his £48m release clause in the summer. However, the deal was such, that the Guinea international would only join us next summer; i.e. in 2018. The midfielder will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1, 2018. However, if the Reds are to sign him early, the aforementioned source has quoted an added fee between £13.2m and £17.7m.

Earlier, Liverpool had no hurries in signing Keita in the winter but Coutinho’s recent £142m move to Barcelona might force us to make a move. According to the report, the Liverpool hierarchy are now keen to bring Naby Keita earlier than scheduled. However, as things stand for Leipzig, there are claims that they are keen on keeping hold of Keita until the end of the season. Back in November, their sporting director Ralf Rangnick confirmed the stance.

“Even if we should not reach the knockout stages of Champions League, it would make no sense to allow Naby to join Liverpool earlier. We want to qualify for Europe again and we need Naby for that,” he told Leipziger Volkszeitung.

However, according to the Bild, they have decided to change their stance only if Liverpool agree to pay an additional fee for the player. This additional amount has been mentioned as the fee “which will allow them to find a replacement for the midfielder.” Should the Reds agree to pay the quoted amount, Keita’s valuation will rise to somewhere between £68.2m and £72.7m.

It is important that we replace Coutinho but I feel that paying an additional amount to bring Keita to Liverpool this month would be a bad move. We can rather invest that extra bit of money and completely re-invest the Coutinho money on a proper replacement.

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“The pressure is on the teams behind” – Former Liverpool star claims Man City have to deal with more pressure in title race

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Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia believes Manchester City are the ones who are under pressure as the race for the Premier League title heats up.

The Cityzens are four points behind Liverpool at the moment, and the Reds have been relentless having dropped just nine points so far this season.

Garcia was speaking while promoting a charity match against AC Milan in March and claimed the Reds would have taken this situation at the start of the season (h/t Belfast Telegraph).

The Spaniard won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and further claimed that we would have a chance of winning the league if we remain close to the top with five games remaining.

Garcia believed teams chasing are always the ones facing the pressure (h/t Belfast Telegraph):

“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it.

“They (chasing teams) have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.”

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Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

Manchester City play ahead of the Reds in the next two Premier League match days, and it will be interesting to see if they can put the pressure on us.

City have cracked a couple of times this season with surprising losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but have looked in great touch since defeating us at the Etihad.

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The Reds have squeezed past Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two games and now have a mini-break ahead of their clash against Leicester City while City play in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

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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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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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