Liverpool are exploring the possibility of bringing midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield early 

  • Liverpool paid £57million to agree a deal for Naby Keita to join next summer
  • Midfielder Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona and was unveiled on Sunday
  • And Liverpool are willing to pay more, but RB Leipzig do not want him to leave
  • The Reds have ruled out a move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez
  • Monaco are reluctant to sell Thomas Lemar, who Liverpool are admirers of

Liverpool will explore the possibility of bringing forward Naby Keita’s move from RB Leipzig.

The Anfield club paid £57million to sign the Senegal midfielder last summer and he has remained on loan at Leipzig as part of the arrangement.

However, they would consider paying an additional compensation fee to bring Keita to Anfield in light of Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona.

Leipzig are not keen to let Keita go now at such a critical stage of their season.

They remain in the Europa League and are pushing for Champions League qualification. Liverpool understand their reservations and ultimately are prepared to wait until July 1 when the Guinea international midfielder is officially due to join.

Liverpool have ruled out a move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and while they admire Thomas Lemar at Monaco, his club are reluctant to sell in January, and no offer has been made.

Jurgen Klopp is prepared to go with the squad he has should targets fail to become available.