RB Leipzig will resist Liverpool's attempts to get Naby Keita in January

Aubrey Yates
January 9, 2018

Liverpool are hoping to speed up Naby Keita's transfer from RB Leipzig after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, per the Telegraph.

Liverpool now have a significant sum of money to use in the transfer market having raised a reported £105 million up front by selling Coutinho to Barca, and add-ons could be worth another £37 million, per BBC Sport's Phil McNulty.

The Bundesliga outfit are reluctant to let one of their star names go midway through the season, even if offered an improved fee.

With Coutinho's move to Barcelona done and dusted, all attention is turning to how Liverpool is going to fill the hole he's leaving behind.

He has effectively been on loan at the Bundesliga club since then, but Liverpool believe there is a chance they can sign him now if they pay an additional fee despite Leipzig's reluctance to allow him to leave early.

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Their cause could be helped by the fact that the 22-year-old is said to be keen to arrive in England at the earliest opportunity. With Leipzig knocked out of the Champions League, the option to move to Anfield to keep playing European football may be enough to entice Keïta, but Liverpool will have to make a stronger case to get Leipzig to agree.

Leipzig are now fifth in the Bundesliga after a stunning debut season a year ago, and have been knocked out of both the German Cup and Champions League - dropping down to the Europa League after finishing third behind Besiktas and Porto in Group G.

The Slovenian goalkeeper has gone from strength to strength since joining the Spanish outfit from Benfica in 2014 and is now one of the most wanted footballers in Europe.

Liverpool signed Keïta last July for £57m, with the understanding that he could play one final season at RB Leipzig.

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