Naby Keita could play for Liverpool this season if Jurgen Klopp’s side pay more money, according to a Bundesliga expert.
Lee Price says Jurgen Klopp could pay RB Leipzig a further premium to have him at Anfield for January.
Liverpool confirmed the club-record signing of the £48million man last month.
Keita, 22, is currently set to arrive in England on July 1 next year.
But Price claims the switch could be pushed forward.
He said: “As I revealed back in June, Keita had agreed terms with Liverpool long ago, and it was just Leipzig playing hard ball.
“Cornered by his release clause of £48m kicking in next summer, the German club always knew that they’d have to come to an agreement this summer to maximise their income, hence charging Liverpool a premium to do the deal now.
“This makes sense for all parties – unless Keita picks up an injury.
“There is a chance, depending on Leipzig’s domestic and Champions League progress, that Liverpool could pay a further premium to capture the midfielder in January.
“The deal also suits the Reds, as it safeguards them against Emre Can’s expiring contract – with the German expected to complete a move to Juventus at the end of the season.”
Reports claim midfielder Can will sign a pre-contract with the Serie A side in January.
Liverpool rejected a deadline day move for him last Thursday.
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