Liverpool look set to step up their interest in RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, with Klopp eager to finalise a deal for the Guinea midfielder. The 22-year-old’s individual performances have put a number of high profile clubs on alert, after he recorded eight goals and seven assists, as well as putting in numerous tireless displays.
Such displays have put Liverpool on ‘Red alert’ with positive signs they don’t seem to be put off by the massive £70m price tag.
Keita played a big part in Leipzig’s strong campaign last year, helping his side finish second in the German league. Keita’s style fits Klopp’s tactics perfectly, with his endless running and quick press abilities. His willingness to run and ability to recycle defence into attack makes him an ideal option to play in the Liverpool set up comfortably next season.
The Liverpool players are now returning for pre-season later this week and Paul Joyce has confirmed that Klopp has urged the Anfield hierarchy to push on with a deal, with some reporting Keita could earn a cool £130k-a-week.
Following this news, Keita will now sit down with Leipzig’s management team, including chairman Oliver Mintzlaff, to voice his opinions on a possible move.
The Guinea international has a £48m release clause in his current deal that can be triggered next summer, but Klopp wants the player this season, and he’s wiling to pay for him.
Should Liverpool fork out £70m for the midfielder, he would become the club’s record signing. The record has already been broken this summer after Mohamed Salah’s £36.9m transfer from Roma.