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No Coutinho, no problem - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails 'fantastic' Roberto Firmino

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When he first broke through at the club in 2015/16, he was labelled the "new Buffon" and his form has remained consistently good, but after much wrangling in the summer that saw the crowd turn on him for refusing a new contract, he eventually signed, only to now apparently want to leave again due to Milan being miles away from the Champions League spots.

With Coutinho completing his move to Barcelona earlier in the month, it's crucial that Firmino maintains his high level of performance.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash against Swansea, Klopp said: 'If something jumps in my face we will think about it.

Liverpool are third in the league, level with fourth-placed Chelsea on 47 points and are unbeaten in 14 games.

Reddy added Sturridge has been encouraged by the professionalism of Inter's approach and their willingness to sign him up.

However, if Liverpool manage to get him, he would be a smashing signing for them. "We will see how it will be on the 31st".

The Reds have made another change between the sticks, with Simon Mignolet slipping back down the pecking order to be replaced by Loris Karius. We have had a big transfer (Virgil van Dijk). The trips to Swansea and Huddersfield will show whether Klopp's side have the mental strength to follow up a win over a top team to battle a side in the relegation battle.

"I hear in the stadium (Anfield) that people like him - good idea - but I have no real idea if anybody thinks he's not important or whatever".

Dortmund are presently lying fourth in the German championship and 15 points behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich. That said, there may just be enough in the budget to bring in another creative player, albeit not a regular starter. They will be like, 'I knew he was good but I didn't know he was this good, ' if he can avoid injury.

Since reuniting with Klopp he went on to play 73 matches under him in two and a half seasons, producing six goals and seven assists.

"It's David v Goliath, but surprises do happen and we will be ready to prepare a surprise".

One of the areas that they need to strengthen is their goalkeeping slot.

"He is not the replacement for Philippe Coutinho, he is a completely different player but a fantastic player".