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RB Leipzig insist Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January

13 Enero 2018

He could be allowed to leave on loan with a view to a €20 million permanent move, with Arsenal one of three clubs interested.

Pep Guardiola will land Alexis Sanchez in the summer but for now he needs to shore up the only weak point of his team, defence. This has been important in recent months for Klopp, who has made the team harder to beat since its collapse at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 22 in a 4-1 loss against Tottenham.

The jolt of positivity that Keita joining in January would give everyone of a Reds persuasion cannot be understated, and not securing an early deal would be a kick in the teeth now.

He's been the subject of interest from Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The other time, the Reds' purchase of Virgil van Dijk.

Butland is already one of the league's best goalkeepers at 24 and there's plenty of cash in Klopp's transfer kitty at the moment.

21-year-old Maddison, who joined Norwich from Coventry City two years ago, has six goals and five assists to his name in the second tier this season. That's pennies in the current market but it's also a sign that clubs can often dictate the negotiations when Barca come calling for their star performers. They're well positioned to attract a Coutinho replacement.

The imposing centre-back is set to join for £10.4 million and the news was broken by Sky Sports Italy reporter, Gianluca Di Marzio.

The blessing for Naby Keita, after a new year in which the average cost of a world-class footballer has jumped yet again, is that his price no longer looks so exorbitant.

Is there a middle ground for Klopp?

Liverpool intend to 'reward' Roberto Firmino with a contract offer to keep him at Anfield 'for the rest of his career'.

"The difference is that there has been a substantial reduction in the cost of this transfer".

The way Liverpool scattered the money they recouped when in 2014 Suarez - just like Coutinho - pressed for a move to Barcelona, was less tidy.

RB Leipzig insist Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January