RB Leipzig insist Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January


RB Leipzig insist Naby Keita will not join Liverpool in January

The African is the Reds' most significant midfield signing since Javier Mascherano, and the sooner Klopp can get him in the team, the stronger Liverpool will look.

Liverpool are looking to tie down forward Roberto Firmino to a longer deal, Sky Sports News understands, with his contract set to expire in June 2020.

From what I've seen of him at Liverpool, he has shown vast character and leadership skills that have been missing from this current crop of players.

There are still areas that can be strengthened in Liverpool's side though, and Coutinho's void is perhaps not even top of the pile.

But now Bild claim that Leipzig's attitude has changed and they are open to letting the 22-year-old leave now, but only if they receive a sum between £13m and £17.5m.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday in the first match since Philippe Coutinho's big-money transfer to Barcelona. The other time, the Reds' purchase of Virgil van Dijk.

The Brazilian, so often used at the top of Liverpool's attack, has 16 goals to his name this season - second only to top scorer Mohamed Salah.

Klopp said: "My understanding is there is nothing to say".

Coutinho's exit could go one of two ways for Liverpool.

There is always the option that Liverpool spend in January, just not on a Coutinho replacement.

Liverpool have lost a superstar this month as Coutinho completed his move to Barcelona.

Liverpool have this afternoon been dealt a blow in their bid to coax Naby Keita to the club early, after RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuettl categorically ruled out the January departure of his star midfielder.

They're the type of signing that could come in for money separate to the "Coutinho replacement fund", but help steer Liverpool further on their upwards trajectory until the flawless man becomes available.