Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: 'No change in Naby Keita agreement'

Naby Keita scores booked in possible last game for Leipzig

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According to reports, that uncertainty over a top-four place coupled with the sale of Philippe Coutinho has urged Liverpool to consider bringing Keita to the club earlier than initially agreed by forking out a further £18m.

Liverpool reached an agreement with RB Leipzig last summer for the Guinean midfielder to transfer to the English team next summer in exchange for €75 million ($91.5 million).

He was swiftly picked up by Red Bull Salzburg where he established himself as one of Europe's most exciting young midfielders before earning a move to Leipzig in 2016 and almost helped them knock Bayern Munich off their perch at the top of German football.

German outlet reported that the Bundesliga outfit were open to the possibility of letting their star-man go in the winter window, a claim which the club are refuted in public.

And, with the help of a rather large deflection, Keita has once again been showing what he offers, during Leipzig's Bundesliga clash with Schalke, this afternoon.

Liverpool FC have already cashed in on Philippe Coutinho this month after agreeing to sell the Brazil global to Barcelona on Monday.

Klopp has already acquired the £75m services of Virgil van Dijk this month but may be tempted to bring in Keita to strengthen his midfield options.

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More than anything else, bringing the Keita deal forward would appease fans anxious allowing Coutinho to leave halfway through the season could disrupt the quest for a top-four spot and progression deep into the Champions League.

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