Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confident Liverpool can still compete, even without Philippe Coutinho

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GETTYMartin Keown says Liverpool can pose a threat to Manchester City even without Philippe Coutinho

Pep Guardiola does not expect Philippe Coutinho's big-money move to Barcelona to weaken Liverpool when it hosts his Manchester City on Sunday. When the move was denied last summer, the player and his agent must have expected he would be retained for the year.

Roberto is known for his flexibility and is fit for playing in the two positions which is something that Klopp is searching for. "We had fantastic games with him and not that good games with him".

We shall see how the transfer saga unfolds in the coming days. He demonstrated it was in his nature always to give 100 per cent, so why expect different in February? We are already used to it.

"I'm always trying to think of songs for players and I love music from the 60s and 70s so maybe another absolute tune from that kinda time", said Kevin. "I didn't see it like that", he said, before reiterating that Coutinho's determination to push through a move left Liverpool with only one option.

"From what we know about Coutinho's man Kia Joorabchian - and that's quite a lot given his part in the Carlos Tevez/Javier Mascherano deal with West Ham before the current board took over - he'll be doing quite well, thank you very much". If you don't miss him, something would have been wrong when you were together.

"If we do something then it needs to be the right decision", he said.

"We don't have to replace him", said Klopp.

Liverpool struck a deal with Leipzig to sign Keita during last summer's transfer window for a reported fee of £48m (€54m) with the midfielder remaining at the German club for the duration of the 2017-18 season.

If Coutinho was so highly rated, why did Inter nearly give him away?

There have been reports of a few alternatives the Reds are lining up to replace Coutinho. He can not play for Barcelona in the Champions League as he is ineligible, but two - even one - medal would be welcome because they would be the first club honors the Brazil midfielder, 25, has won.

Coutinho's exit continued a damaging theme for Liverpool of losing key talents at their peak but Klopp insists he has sufficient talent at his disposal to compensate for the Brazil international's exit. "If we do it in this window, I don't know".

"My phone has been hopping with messages about it, even from people I don't know", Kevin said.

The Liverpool manager added: "It's normal in this business, you lose players and you buy players".

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