Leipzig Ready to Complete Keita Liverpool Deal Early

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Leipzig Ready to Complete Keita Liverpool Deal Early

He is due to arrive at Anfield in July, but the sale of Philippe Coutinho has prompted a rethink - Liverpool are now prepared to pay more to get the player early. I went to Italy with my parents and girlfriend, who is now my wife.

Liverpool have reportedly held discussions with RB Leipzig with a view to bringing forward the transfer of Naby Keita. However, even if it doesn't it appears that Liverpool are moving in the right direction again which is good for English football.

The 22-year-old was fined €415,000 for driving without a licence, Keita is said to be surrounded by hangers-on, who often accompany him to training. In our opinion, here is Liverpool's strongest XI after Coutinho's exit.

He could be allowed to leave on loan with a view to a €20 million permanent move, with Arsenal one of three clubs interested.

Hasenhuettl's comments echo those made by Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff earlier this month, who insisted the dates on the contracts drawn up with Liverpool mean there can be no deal this month. Now that the Brazilian is gone, the former Southampton captain should be a regular starter in the center of the park because he is the most creative midfielder in the squad. The club's own budget prediction for this campaign says sports costs, which includes player salaries, will rise to €588m - up from €432m last season.

Leipzig are already out of the Champions League and Keita would be ineligible to play in Europe were he to move to Liverpool in January.

For too long, Liverpool have allowed themselves to become a stepping stone for their best players once they decide to move on to bigger and better things, and Coutinho is merely the latest example, stretching all the way back to Steve McManaman's departure to Real Madrid in 1999.

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But he will be offered the chance to commit the rest of his career to Jurgen Klopp's side after convincing Anfield bosses he is the sort of striker they need long-term.

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