Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp has £160m to blow on midfielder and defender

JURGEN KLOPP will have £160million to splash on Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk if Philippe Coutinho leaves for Barcelona.

Coutinho is expected to join Barcelona for around £100m after handing in a transfer request at Liverpool.

Liverpool were forced to publicly apologise for their pursuit of Van Dijk earlier this summer, but he has also handed in a transfer request now at Southampton.

The Reds look set to miss out on signing Keita with RB Leipzig refusing to do business, but European football expert Gabriele Marcotti thinks Klopp could revive both deals by selling Coutinho.

“They were willing to spend £60m on Naby Keita so presumably there’s money budgeted there,” Marcotti said on The Times’ The Game podcast.

“If Coutinho goes and I assume it will be a little north of £100m suddenly you have £160m to spend if you’re smart and if you’re prepared.

“And they should have been preparing for post-Coutinho from the minute it became obvious that Neymar was gonna go to PSG.

“If they are prepared they can come out stronger than they are because [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino and [Adam] Lallana when he’s back from injury plus [Dominic] Solanke and [Daniel] Sturridge is a pretty potent attacking force.

“So if you can add a Keita or a Keita type to the midfield and upgrade the defence possibly with Van Dijk it’s not so bad.”