Ralf Rangnick has been criticised for comments about Naby Keïta’s agency which could have huge consequences for Liverpool’s pursuit of the Guinean.

Whether or not Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Naby Keïta is debatable but RB Leipzig have certainly done themselves no favours if sporting director Ralf Rangnick’s latest comments are anything to go by.

Keïta’s agency has been criticised with Rangnick slamming the advice that the player has been given, saying that the midfielder has had his head turned by a “whole village in Guinea.”

The sporting director’s comments have not been received very well by many on social media.

Keïta has been linked with a move to Liverpool for a few months now but he isn’t the only one who has been speculated as wanting to leave. Emil Forsberg has had many headlines dedicated to him in recent weeks but Rangnick is having none of it.

 

Rangnick reportedly said at a coaching convention in Bochum on Wednesday, “There should be someone who points them into the right direction.

“The boys themselves are not the problem here. It is their surroundings. A whole village in Guinea or somebody from their entourage tells the players why they must do something right away. I can’t blame the players.

“I expect them to play for us next season. Both are extraordinary players who make the difference for our team.”

Ed Aarons writes, “Guardian sport has contacted Keïta’s agents for comment. They are understood to have held talks with Leipzig on Wednesday having met with Klopp earlier this week during Liverpool’s pre-season tour to Hong Kong.”

Even if Leipzig are internally convinced that they will hold onto Keïta this summer, the player will be furious about Rangnick’s comments and will likely push for a move with more ferocity than ever.

What was already a messy transfer has now taken another twist but could end up working in Liverpool’s favour.