Sporting director Michael Edwards will negotiate to sign Naby Keita in January

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

According to the Sky Italia journalist, the Egyptian has been identified by the European champions as a potential "Galactico" signing - concerning news for Liverpool supporters.

Liverpool has been linked with a move for Monaco's Thomas Lemar and Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as a replacement for Coutinho, but maybe there is no real necessity, especially with dynamic Guinea midfielder Naby Keita joining from Leipzig in the summer.

The Liverpool boss is adamant there is nothing to say on Keita at the moment though.

This one feels different, though, and things are particularly manic at Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho departing for Barcelona and Virgil van Dijk arriving for a club record fee of £75million from Southampton.

This tactic has been a main reason behind Liverpool's attacking prowess this season, with Firmino working in flawless harmony with wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, and the recently departed Philippe #Coutinho.

Manchester United will rival Liverpool for Christian Pulisic if the Anfield side go in for the Borussia Dortmund teenager this summer, reports The Independent. The Guinean global registered eight goals and seven assists, helping his side to an impressive second place finish in their first season as a top flight team.

Riyad Mahrez

And there were some Liverpool supporters who thought it was official confirmation that Leipzig had agreed to sell Keita this month.

It's a minor annoyance for Liverpool, who could easily stump up the cash following the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million. This year he has 16 goals already, second only to Salah.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is keen to join Inter on loan for the rest of the season, reports Tuttosport. "They did all they could to try to keep me, but in the end they understood that it was my dream, and the dream of my family, to come here".

The man who remains at Liverpool took to social media to express his sadness at no longer being able to work with Coutinho.

Last term, Keita showed how effective he can be in attack with eight league goals and seven assists in 31 appearances.

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