Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January, says RB Leipzig coach

Jan 12, 2018, 03:21
Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January, says RB Leipzig coach

Coutinho was on the verge of moving in the summer, with Barcelona making several offers but Liverpool held firm on their no-sale policy.

This time they will have Virgil van Dijk in their way with the Liverpool defender set to make his Premier League debut after his move from Southampton.

Could they nab Keita early?

Liverpool has been linked with a move for Monaco's Thomas Lemar and Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as a replacement for Coutinho, but maybe there is no real necessity, especially with dynamic Guinea midfielder Naby Keita joining from Leipzig in the summer.

What will the club do with their massive injection of cash?

Keita's form has come under scrutiny in recent months, with the midfielder being far less effective than he was last season.

RB believes that Keita is key to their challenge.

According to various outlets including Bild, their CEO Oliver Mintzlaff is ready to conclude a deal if the Merseyside club add on somewhere between €15 and €20M on top of the original deal. "There are contracts which say that he will be a Liverpool employee from 1 July onwards".

Despite handing in a transfer request, however, Coutinho continued to perform at a level expected of him and his farewell message to Liverpool fans was, by and large, well-received.

City hasn't triumphed at Anfield since Nicolas Anelka grabbed an injury-time victor against his former club in 2003, making Liverpool its hardest away trip in the Premier League.

Other rumoured signings include Arsenal duo Alexis Sanchez andMesut Ozil, both of whom are now unsettled at the North London club, and Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Liverpool agreed a deal with Leipzig in August of a year ago worth £66.4m (€75m) for Keita to come to Anfield on July 1, 2018.

That stance softened in recent weeks when it became apparent the playmaker was determined to push through a move, and manager Jurgen Klopp decided not to keep an unhappy player despite the club's best efforts to entice him to stay.

The last thing that the German wants is to sign is another Mario Balotelli or Alberto Aquilani.

After three bids being rejected, FC Barcelona gave up and signed Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for 105 million euros and Coutinho returned to Liverpool training and the show went on.