By Harry Sykes
Liverpool’s hopes of signing Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in a club-record deal have received a huge blow, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Merseyside club was contacted directly by RB Leipzig who have insisted that the player is not for sale.
According to the report, the only way the deal can progress now is if the player agitates for a move – and the Telegraph claim this is something Keita has said he’s not willing to do.
However, despite the Bundesliga club’s stance getting tougher, Klopp is unconcerned about the deal not getting through.
Talking after his team’s 4-0 friendly win against Tranmere Rovers he said, “If any of our fans think about what the other teams are doing and why we aren’t doing anything, I can’t help, sorry. We cannot only buy players because other teams buy players.
“Nervous fans? Sorry, I cannot help, I don’t have to write a message for this. I’m not nervous – maybe that’s the right message for this.
“We have until August 31, we have time and sometimes things need time. We’ll do transfers because we want to do them, if not it’s because we don’t want to do them. So we have to wait a bit.”
Perhaps Klopp’s laid-back manner is because he knows something we don’t. Despite RB Leipzig’s comments, Keita is still a very strong favourite to make the switch this summer, according to leading online bookmaker SkyBet.
SkyBet have now made Liverpool just 8/15 to sign Keita this summer, which means they think the transfer is very likely to happen.
The player is much longer odds to stay with RB Leipzig at 11/8, and currently no other club has been given a price in the market.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are in talks with this £25m-rated La Liga forward.