Revealed: Liverpool in Naby Keita U-turn after talks get underway - Sources
Liverpool have pulled the plug on contract talks with Naby Keita and are now willing to let him go, sources have told Football Insider.
The midfielder, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to agree a pre-contract with an overseas side in January.
Liverpool do not want to lose Keita for nothing and have held talks on an extension to his current deal.
But those negotiations have failed to secure an agreement, and it is likely the Guinea international will now leave on a free transfer next summer.
As Football Insider revealed in September, the Merseysiders have been keen for Keita to stay, with Jurgen Klopp remaining a big admirer of a player he regularly selects when fit.
But the club wanted Keita to take a pay cut to stay.
This is due to his poor availability record and the series of injuries that have plagued his Anfield career.
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Football Insider injury expert Ben Dinnery revealed that Keita “has only played 26% of the league minutes available since he came to the club”.
As a result, the midfielder’s transfer value has now diminished hugely since he signed for £52.75million from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018.
Liverpool would be willing to listen to offers for Keita in January, but the player is likely to hold off on a move until the end of the season, when he will be a free agent and can command a better contract.
The midfielder has not featured for Liverpool since the 30 July Community Shield win over Man City, and his absence, combined with other senior star injuries, forced the club into signing Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus.
During his four-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, Keita has made 117 appearances, scoring 11 goals and supplying seven assists.
The midfielder has been unable to match his regular goal contributions at former clubs Leipzig and RB Salzburg.