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Liverpool round-up: Klopp discusses Coutinho’s future; interest in Roma forward; striker reveals frustrations

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Jurgen Klopp has reacted to rumours linking star man Philippe Coutinho with a move away from Anfield as he made it clear that the Brazilian would be going nowhere with the Reds under no pressure to sell as he said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo:

“When did he sign his new contract? So that would be a nice idea. With a £400 million clause! (laughs). There are absolutely no plans. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in others players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis. We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this.”

The Brazilian has been in sensational form this season, striking up an effective partnership with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane up-front, which has attracted attention from Barcelona among others, but Liverpool will not want to be saying goodbye to their number ten unless they have to.

That said, they are on the look out for additions to the wide areas, as The Times journalist, Paul Joyce, claimed that former Chelsea flop Mohammad Salah is being tracked by the club. With 17 goals and 14 assists for Roma this season since making a £12.75 million move in the summer, it is clear to see why.

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It is clear that Liverpool need more depth in wide areas after their lack of options cost them dear when both Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho have struggled with injuries. However, Roma are not likely to allow the 24-year-old to allow cheaply and there will be doubts over his ability after failing to make an impact in his 19 appearances for Chelsea.

Another player who many consider to be a flop in the Premier League was Iago Aspas, the Spanish striker who became famous for ‘that’ corner against Chelsea as Liverpool chased the title in 2014. The Spaniard is now back at boyhood club Celta Vigo, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United, and he told the Guardian about his time on Merseyside, saying:

“It was their best year for 10, 15 years, they were close to winning the league. [Daniel] Sturridge scored 21, Luis [Suárez] 31, so it’s normal that I didn’t get many chances. It didn’t annoy me; I understood that I couldn’t play with them at that level. It’s hard, of course: I’d played every game at Celta. But there are times you can’t play and when they win [without you], you know that. You have to take your frustration out on the training ground and the sessions were really good, at least.”

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With just one goal and one assist in 15 games, with that goal coming against League One Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup, he was clearly a failure at Anfield, but this season he is excelling in Spain and has scored 24 goals in all competitions already.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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