Naby Keita's non-celebration suggests Liverpool transfer could happen in January

Naby Keita's non-celebration suggests Liverpool transfer could happen in January

Liverpool have already agreed a deal to sign the midfielder in the summer for £51 million, which was set to be a club record fee before Virgil Van Dijk joined for £75m at the beginning of January.

Liverpool are rumoured to have struck a deal to bring forward the transfer of Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, with reports suggesting the RB Leipzig man could be a Liverpool player by Sunday.

Keita would be cup-tied for the Champions League but would be free to play in both the Premier League and FA Cup.

And, with the help of a rather large deflection, Keita has once again been showing what he offers, during Leipzig's Bundesliga clash with Schalke, this afternoon.

"When we had this conversation around Coutinho, I said the same".

"[Naby Keita] wants to leave us in the summer", Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick said ahead of Saturday's game.

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Keita, though, has been criticised recently for his performances, with the Bild report stating he is now being distanced by his Leipzig team-mates.

Keita was booked in the second half, his fifth yellow card of the season ensuring he'll be suspended for the following game.

For their part Leipzig are insisting that nothing has altered, with head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl commenting: "The situation hasn't changed". He's only scored a couple of goals, he seems a little bit distant.

The 33-year-old, who played for Hamburg between 2006 and 2009, has signed for Mainz until the end of the season.

Liverpool are also reportedly interested in youngster, who has impressed in the Championship for Norwich City this season.

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