Philippe Coutinho loan deal rejected by Barcelona, Naby Keita latest

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Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague claims that Liverpool will look to sign Naby Keita in January to plug the hole left by Philippe Coutinho.

Now that Liverpool's bank balance has been boosted by Coutinho's sale to Barcelona, Klopp certainly has the cash available should he decide he can no longer wait for the Guinean.

However, with doubts over the future of Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona, it has been rumoured Liverpool are interested in cutting a deal for the Guinean worldwide to come sooner.

And, in an attempt to tie the deal up as quickly as possible, Juve have told Can's current club of their talks as they try to avoid missing out on the midfielder.

Keita, 22, has impressed the Anfield faithfuls with his performances in the Bundesliga, as well as in the Champions League. He's only scored a couple of goals, he seems a little bit distant. "This is the kind of deal that is so hard to understand".

Naby Keita is now whiling away the days at RB Liepzig ahead of his imminent move to Liverpool, which is ear-marked to go through on July 1st, 2018.

Balague continued, "Look at Mbappe for instance".

Keita will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1st, after they agreed a £55m deal with Leipzig last summer.

It is not clear how much a premium would be but the idea of Liverpool paying an additional fee to bring in Keita sooner has been touted before. They've got the money but everybody knows that so I'm not sure they're in a rush to bring in anybody.

"It's a decision to be made by Leipzig".

However, there's an alternative option if Liverpool can't strike a deal for Lemar or Mahrez.

The German outfit finished comfortably in second in the Bundesliga last term but now sit outside of the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots in fifth place.

It is unlikely that Keita will be allowed to come early but it is worth trying.

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