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Liverpool have second bid of £66million turned down for Naby Keita as Jurgen Klopp faces losing battle

RB Leipzig owner has insisted the club will not cash in on their star midfielder this summer

Liverpool have failed with a second bid of £66million for Naby Keita.

Jurgen Klopp has lined up the central midfielder as his top transfer priority this summer but is facing a losing battle in his pursuit.

Liverpool have had a £66m bid for Naby Keita rejected

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Liverpool have had a £66m bid for Naby Keita rejected

Naby Keita could also arrive to strengthen the midfield

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Naby Keita is the midfield enforcer for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig

Liverpool were hoping their new and improved offer would convince RB Leipzig to cash in after seeing a £57m bid rejected last week.


The Bundesliga side are adamant that they won’t cash in on the 22-year-old despite paying just over £10m for him last summer.

Speaking to Sportbild, the club’s owner Dietrich Mateschitz said: “We don’t sell any of our players just to get money.

“Lately we got a €75m offer for Naby Keita. No way! He has a contract and he will accomplish it.

“To sell him would not only be a proof of distrust to our fans but also the wrong sign for our players like Timo Werner, who is in demand too.”

Keita has a long-term contract at the club which expires in the summer of 2020.

Jurgen Klopp has already failed with a £57m bid for the RB Leipzig star

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Jurgen Klopp might be forced to turn his attentions elsewhere

Guinea star Naby Keita is the top target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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Guinea star Naby Keita is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League but it looks increasingly unlikely

And it could force Klopp to abandon his chase of the talented midfielder.

It has been a frustrating transfer window for Liverpool so far despite the arrivals of wingers Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke.

Klopp is desperate to land a midfield enforcer with Lucas Leiva the latest player to be shown the exit door at Anfield.

The Brazilian has joined Lazio for just £5m ending his 10-year spell with the club.