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Liverpool transfer news: Naby Keita ‘could play for Reds THIS season if Jurgen Klopp pays RB Leipzig further premium fee’

A Bundesliga expert has claimed the Anfield side could pay another premium to get him in action in January

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.


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Liverpool have bought Naby Keita but he remains an RB Leipzig player for now

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Liverpool have bought Naby Keita but he remains an RB Leipzig player for now

Liverpool have to wait until July next year to formally get their man

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Liverpool have to wait until July next year to formally get their man

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.

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Jurgen Klopp could pay an additional premium to get Naby Keita in for January

It is thought Naby Keita could be on his way to Anfield sooner than expected

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It is thought Naby Keita could be on his way to Anfield sooner than expected

“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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