Sporting director Michael Edwards will negotiate with Ralf Ragnick about bringing forward a deal for Naby Keita this month.
Reports in Germany have indicated that if Liverpool pay an additional premium of around £17 million, Naby Keita could join the Premier League side this month as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
With the Reds losing out on Coutinho’s world-class technical dribbling and passing around the box, a move for the dynamic and game-changing Naby Keita could see the Reds forget about Coutinho very soon.
According to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, “Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s Sporting Director, will hold discussions with his opposite number Ralf Ragnick about the possibility of bringing forward Keita’s arrival.”
As things stand, Liverpool are committed to paying £55 million for Keita and he was Liverpool’s record transfer until the Reds paid £75 million to sign Virgil van Dijk on the 1st of January.
Jurgen Klopp wants the Guinean dynamo at Liverpool ASAP so that there isn’t a gap in the Reds’ midfield.
RB Leipzig have softened on their position that Keita would not be leaving this month with Die Roten Bullen 13 points off league leaders Bayern Munich and knocked out of the Champions League.
If Liverpool were able to successfully sign Keita in January, the midfielder would not be eligible for selection in the Champions League given his participation in the tournament with Leipzig.
That said, signing him would still be a boost to a squad that still has 16 games of Premier League football to play as well as an FA Cup campaign to see through.
All in all, it’s a deal that could benefit both parties but one that is hugely important for Liverpool. Worryingly, however, Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl did say: “There is no reason to let him go now.“