Oxlade-Chamberlain says it's 'business as usual' at Liverpool without Coutinho

Oxlade-Chamberlain says it's 'business as usual' at Liverpool without Coutinho

Liverpool may have to pay extra to bring Naby Keita to Anfield this month, but it is very hard to find any negatives in that decision. The club gained 160 million euros ($192 million) by selling Coutinho but has lost his long-range goals, technical skills and passing range from central midfield.

Coutinho signed for Barcelona on Monday ending his five-year stay at the Merseyside. It had been Jurgen Klopp's wish, however, to sign him for this season.

Kicker also claimed Keita is slacking in training, not giving the impression at all that he is keen on staying until the summer, while Bild wrote that the Guinea worldwide is "more or less ostracised" after "increasingly losing his standing with his teammates".

The 25-year-old Coutinho missed both of Liverpool's games last week because of the injury which coincided with the transfer being finalized quickly at the start of the January transfer window.

Manchester United will rival Liverpool for Christian Pulisic if the Anfield side go in for the Borussia Dortmund teenager this summer, reports The Independent.

But Klopp has admitted he will only replace Coutinho if the right player becomes available. It is on a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

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Liverpool did a deal with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita last summer for the midfielder to join him in the summer of 2018.

And Gomez only views Van Dijk's arrival as a positive.

Coutinho has been a scourge of City in recent seasons, scoring winners at Anfield in 2014 and '15, and being the driving force behind Liverpool's thrilling 4-1 win over City at Etihad Stadium in November 2015.

"Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club's greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place".

City are now unbeaten after 22 league games this term and are 15 points clear at the top of the table.

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