Insider reveals Liverpool could afford to sign top 22-year-old and keep Philippe Coutinho

ESPN FC reporter Gabriele Marcotti believes Liverpool have the funds to sign Naby Keita but keep Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Liverpool could afford to sign Naby Keita and keep Philippe Coutinho, according to Gabriele Marcotti.

The Reds are facing a battle to keep the Brazil international at the Merseyside club amid reported interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in the No10.

The Spanish club are thought to be willing to offer £89m to sign the 25-year-old this summer.

Liverpool have remained firm in their stance that Coutinho is not for sale but the Reds famously relented and sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £65m deal in 2014.

Jurgen Klopp has been heavily linked with a move to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita in recent months despite the German club insisting the box-to-box midfielder is not for sale.

Speaking to ESPN FC about Liverpool’s pursuit of the 22-year-old midfielder in the summer transfer window, reporter Marcotti claimed that the Reds do have the resources to sign Keita and keep Coutinho.

“As I understand it, in terms of money, Liverpool are in a position where they can [both] sign Keita and keep Coutinho,” Marcotti said.

Liverpool have signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah in a £39m deal in the summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp has also recruited England Under-20 international Dominic Solanke and Hull City left-back Andy Robertson.

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