- Liverpool boss Klopp denied rumours of the player securing a winter move
- Former Dortmund boss insists player will join in the summer instead
- Club had agreed transfer for player over the summer from German side
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita won’t be securing a move to the club in the January transfer window, with the player set to complete his move in the summer instead.
This is according to the Daily Star, who state that there had been talk of the player securing his move to Anfield earlier than expected in Janaury, however Klopp has quashed these rumours.
Speaking about Keita’s inevitable move to Anfield, Klopp said “There is an agreement with the club that he will come in June or July to Liverpool. There is nothing else to say about that. We really don’t think about it because of all the things Leipzig have said.”
Since moving to the Bundesliga outfit from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, Keita has been a massive hit.
In just 51 games for the German side, the Guinea international has managed to clock up an impressive record of 13 goals and nine assists.
Keita’s Kante-like physical presence and ability going forward has seen some label the 22-year-old as one of the most exciting young midfielders in Europe.
One of the areas Klopp will have to look out for once Keita completes his Anfield switch in the summer is the midfielder’s discipline, as so far this season, Keita has been sent off twice and booked four times.
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Following this news, it seems as if Liverpool may need to delve into the transfer market for a midfielder in January if they’re to want to seriously secure Champions League football for next season.