Rarely has a Liverpool-related news article been seen without Naby Keita’s name in it over the past couple days.
The RB Leipzig midfielder has been the centre of attention thanks to reports suggesting the Reds will not be put off by his reported £50million price-tag.
Though Keita’s current club have continued to reaffirm a desire to keep hold of the player, there is a cautious but growing confidence that a deal can be agreed.
Jurgen Klopp will have the largest transfer budget in Liverpool’s history at his disposal this summer and could twice surpass the club’s record £35million transfer fee paid for Andy Carroll in 2011.
Both Keita and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk could end up costing a total of £100 million, yet this doesn’t appear to have deterred interest. Strengthening the spine of the team has emerged as a priority, thereby explaining a determination to bring the pair to Anfield.
Reds have responded in their numbers on social media after we asked whether or not Liverpool should pay up for Keita. Barring a few supporters who disagreed with the fee, the majority appeared keen to see the club meet his valuation.
— Wally101 (@DavidWall101) May 26, 2017
@empireofthekop pay up. Was at the Schalke. V Leipzig game recently, didn’t know of him but he was totally bossing the game
— Alan Birkett (@abirkett63) May 26, 2017
@empireofthekop More then I’d thought they’d need to pay but if that’s what it takes Liverpool should do it
— Tom Pankhurst (@tom_pankhurst) May 26, 2017
@empireofthekop I’ve seen a lot of Leipzig in the Bundesliga, He’s a very good player, very much akin to Kante, and would be a good addition, I’d pay it
— Justin Peachey (@jp78redman) May 26, 2017
@empireofthekop Pay up, we need quality not quantity. He improves the starting XI which is what we need.
— Bennettron (@Bennettron) May 26, 2017
@empireofthekop I have watched him play we should get him today before other clubs do get him ….lets just pay all it takes
— Sa’eed Muhammad (@SaeedM29) May 27, 2017
@empireofthekop Pay up! If we want to succeed in the modern game then we need to start acting like we mean business.
— Marcus (@marcus__lfc) May 27, 2017
@empireofthekop Even if it’s too much, we have to pay it. We’ve gone into too many deals looking to pay below the asking price. It has to stop.
— Mark Swain (@I_Am_A_Twit_) May 26, 2017
— Tony (@Tonyfitness86) May 26, 2017
@empireofthekop City just paid £43m for Bernardo Silva before the season has finished. It’s the market. Gotta pay for quality
— Jamie Hughes (@Jamie_Hughes93) May 26, 2017