Liverpool DID have the chance to buy Naby Keita this month, but decided against paying the £18m on top of what we’re already going to spend on the Guinean.
That’s according to Bild, who state that Jurgen Klopp refused the hefty premium fee, which is essentially like paying £18m for a six month loan – with the player unavailable for the Champions League anyway.
Rb Leipzig sporting director Ralph Rangnick has confirmed that Keita will remain in Germany until his scheduled move on June 1 “We will not give Naby Keita an early start, even though Liverpool have once again expressed their interest in him and want to sign him in this transfer window. As everyone knows, we are not a sales club.”
We’re a little disappointed, in truth.
After selling Coutinho for £142m, it doesn’t look like we’re going to bring in any enforcements, which is risky considering we’ve got three competitions to navigate.
Our first-XI is still very good, but an injury to one of the front-three will significantly weaken the side.
A midfielder with creativity and guile is also lacking, although Adam Lallana could temporarily fill the role.