Jurgen Klopp satisfied with Liverpool's defensive options

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On Tuesday morning, conflicting reports simultaneously stated that there had been no developments regarding the potential move and that the deal was hours from being announced.

Sakho fell out with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last summer over his lack of discipline during their pre-season tour of the United States before the French star criticised his employers on social media.

Coutinho, 25, has long been linked with a move to Barcelona and that speculation has intensified following the Spanish giants' world-record sale of Neymar to PSG.

This decision softened the club's stance and it has now been revealed that they have reluctantly agreed a fee for the player.

ESPN Brazil also believe Coutinho could hand in a formal transfer request in the next few days in order to force through the transfer, with Barcelona set to up their bid to €100m.

Of course, in the modern transfer era, one cannot be certain of anything until an official announcement is released by both clubs. Some three decades on, both sides are now looking to create new legacies.

This has also been a year of returns for two of the city's most successful sons.

"What I said is the truth".

Chief executive Oscar Grau headed the delegation, who have been desperate to get a deal done for Coutinho as they seek to replace Neymar in the Barca squad.

Even though Dele Alli will be a good fit for the Catalan giants, Tottenham's reluctance to sell will make this deal very tough to complete for Ernesto Valverde and the Barcelona board.

"We have more than 140.000 members, Barcelona belongs to them not to a sheikh or an oligarch".

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a viable option and a realistic target, with only one year left on his contract, but again there has been little movement on this deal, with interest from other clubs including Chelsea. At the first opportunity, he came home - rejoining Liverpool as an academy coach - and is now in charge of the under-18s on the pathway to becoming first-team manager.