Manager hands Liverpool huge blow in hopes of completing January deal

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Should they fall out of the top four come the end of the season and go into the summer trophy-less, that situation may well have changed. They might have to settle for less, if not a loan.

With Leipzig believing his head is already in Liverpool, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is now willing to sanction an early exit.

The Reds face the toughest task in the league on Sunday, taking on leaders Manchester City at Anfield. Even adding another 5 years to the contract would not necessarily see out Firmino's career (although, by 33, his best days would certainly be behind him).

Often drawing criticism for lacking an authentic no. 9, Firmino has majorly stepped up this season and has regularly been deployed in a central role.

"Things like the Liverpool transfer can prey on a player's mind", acknowledged Leipzig's director of sport Ralf Rangnick.

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That transfer came just moths after the club had landed Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for a huge £120m. Equally, they cannot make the mistake they made after Suarez by spending the Coutinho money on quantity rather than quality.

The bonuses due Liverpool from their sale of Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool have been revealed.

A knee injury to Gabriel Jesus has given the club a push to land Sanchez in a bid to bolster their attacking options as they continue to compete on all fronts this term.

Slowly but surely, Klopp is creating a team capable of becoming a genuine force in both England and Europe - patience has been required, but it is paying off.

This time, it's supposed to be different. We are 50/50 on this one. Liverpool boast an array of exciting attacking talent but Klopp will have to find a way of knitting it together in the absence of the departed Brazilian.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan's move to Istanbul Basaksehir is set to be confirmed this week, according to the Turkish club's coach.

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