Kicker are a reliable source in Germany, not as tabloid as some others and keen on going into things in depth.

On Wednesday evening they report on FSG attempts to brighten up Liverpool’s transfer situation and make a response to the Coutinho saga.

Losing the Brazilian to Barcelona has been a blow for Liverpool and taken the shine off the Virgil van Dijk transfer, but there’s work going on to change things.

Kicker report Liverpool are making real efforts to bring Naby Keita in during the january transfer window.

The Premier League club already have an agreement in place for Keita to arrive from RB Leipzig in the summer, and he’s already been presented as a Liverpool player, but there’s a plan to get him for Jurgen Klopp now.

The German magazine say they’ve had this backed up by their own information, and whilst it’s stated that RB Leipzig have made it known they want to keep Keita until the end of the season, it’s also suggested that could just be a bargaining tactic.

RB could be playing ‘transfer’ poker with Liverpool and trying to get as much out of the early move as possible.