Will always cherish my days at Liverpool: Coutinho

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The 22-year-old midfielder has played a total of 20 matches for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring five goals and now sees his team placed fifth in the league table.

The Brazilian has two-years remaining on his current deal, but the Reds are eager to reward Firmino for his - often unselfish - contribution to the team which has seen him become a key pillar in Jurgen Klopp's system.

Roberto Firmino has been a vital member of the Liverpool squad and he has improved season upon season.

"I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together".

It is, he says, strictly business, and the responsibility of every Liverpool player to compensate for the second biggest transfer fee of all time.

A vast majority of players, past and present, had paid tributes to the twinkle-toed midfielder on Tuesday and while Firmino was a little late in wishing his former club colleague, his wish was perhaps the most striking of all.

"But that doesn't matter at all actually because we've got Salah, ah Mane Mane and Bobby Firmino but we sold Coutinho".

Life after Philippe Coutinho has begun for Liverpool and although they are £145 million richer, they are a magician short.

The Guinean global was due to arrive in Liverpool this summer in a transfer deal of between £58 and £68M (dependent on Leipzig's performance this season).

"God is always protecting you and the whole family!"

"I think he can bring us a lot of things", Valverde said at a press conference after Sunday's game, as quoted by Spanish media outlet Marca.

The losses include a 6-0 mauling in 1995 and their overall record read 40 goals conceded to just 17 scored.

It won't be easy to replace a player of such talent, and the fact that everybody knows you have the money now only makes it harder.

When a star player leaves like the Brazilian it is a unusual feeling for football supporters, but in the attacking department, Liverpool have magnificent talent, devastating talent on their day.

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