Leipzig's Keita to face Schalke amid early Liverpool move talk

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The Reds are now preparing for their crunch Premier League clash against Manchester City at The Etihad on Sunday.

Liverpool's defensive resilience has been strengthened further by the arrival last week of center back Virgil van Dijk for $100 million, a world-record fee for a defender.

Coutinho has earned his dream move after distinguishing himself as a world-class attacker at Liverpool but has now left a gaping hole in the Reds' attack. This is an wonderful team and they are getting better and better all the time.

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The Anfield-based side are now fourth in the league and will hope for a positive result against Pep Guardiola's imperious Citizens.

With Liverpool at this moment unlikely to buy a replacement in the January transfer window, Coutinho's departure provides an opening for Oxlade-Chamberlain and others to secure more regular football.

Liverpool are close to the signing of Dani Ceballos after a hotel meeting, according to Diario Gol. An attacking approach could favour City but if Liverpool find their mojo there could be an upset.

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Tottenham have begun contract talks with midfielder Dele Alli.

Kane has hinted that Spurs will need to match his ambitions if they wish to hang on to him.

"Philippe Coutinho is not for sale", they said.

"I won't start doing that now".

Zinedine Zidane could cause an issue in the move however, as he is keen to keep his playing staff with Los Blancos intact throughout the season. "I'm 100 per cent confident", he said.

He told reporters: "For now, I want to stay". "I'm here to try to gain my space in the team". The pair were instrumental in Leicester's 2015-16 title triumph alongside Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez but have both since decamped to Stamford Bridge, where Kante became a title victor again last season.

"We had fantastic games with him and not so good games with him, and the same when he didn't play".

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