LIVERPOOL and RB Leipzig “have talked about bringing midfielder Naby Keita’s move forward but no agreement has yet been reached”, according to Sky Sports.
“There is nothing to say about that,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference before the showdown with Manchester City. “He is a player of Leipzig, that’s what I know, and will be here in the summer. I have nothing to say about all the rest.”
The German club’s coach Ralph Hasenhutt re-iterated: “The current situation is that nothing changed. We do not have a reason to sell Keita any time before the end of the season. That’s it..
“He will play at the weekend against Schalke 04 and hopefully he does well. That’s the only thing I really care about.
“I think that Naby wants to finish the season in a good way in Leipzig. He wants to leave a good impression.
“He made many good games for the club – in my opinion, I think that he will put everything into the rest of the season.
“He probably wants to do some self-promotion before he leaves. He does not want to leave without showing all his qualities since he had some weak games in the first part of the season.”
Amidst the buzz and hysteria of reports that the move is all but set to accelerate next week, a leak of Keita presenting a Liverpool No.8 jersey has emerged.
It has not been verified and could well have been taken in the summer, but intriguingly, he would be the first person to take on the sizable mantle of Steven Gerrard’s last jersey number.
Finally, with Liverpool fans obsessing over every minor detail in the developing story, a couple of eagle eyed Twitter uses have somehow noticed that the correspondence of Keita’s company matches that of Sadio Mane, who has the same agent, and Virgil van Dijk, who, we all know, just moved to Anfield.
In their language, when that’s all added together, it’s very promising for Reds fans.
Meanwhile, Klopp admitted Friday he had no option but to allow Philippe Coutinho to join Barcelona, refusing to rule out an exit for striker Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window.
Brazil international Coutinho joined the Spanish giants earlier this week for 160 million euros ($194 million, £142 million) after failing to force through the move during the summer transfer window.
“There was no other option,” said Klopp. “I knew there was a moment when it would come up again in this transfer window and it came up massively.
“It would have been very difficult if we say — and we could have done of course with his contract — ‘you have to stay here’.
“(I asked myself) ‘To use him as a player in the second part of the season, did it make sense? Do I think I can use him and can he help us?’
“It became 100 per cent clear, no chance. He was not ready to do that any more.” Klopp said Liverpool tried everything to convince Coutinho to stay but had to accept his heart was set on his dream move to Barca.
Asked about reports that Sturridge could leave the club, the Liverpool boss was non-committal.
“That is part of the transfer window so I have nothing to say about it,” he said. “We will see. Until January 31 there are a lot of things that can happen in the transfer window, not only with Daniel.”
Sturridge, who has struggled to pin down a starting berth in the Premier League against strong competition from Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, has only just returned to fitness after being out of action since early December.
Liverpool were handed a boost ahead of Sunday’s visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City with the return to training of top scorer Salah.
The Egypt international, who has scored 23 goals in 29 appearances, has missed the past two matches with a groin problem.
“If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back, he is training completely normally,” confirmed Klopp.
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