By Matt Bullin
Liverpool could look at other options to reinforce their midfield after seeing a £66million bid rejected for RB Leipzig ace Naby Keita, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claims the Merseysiders had hoped their mammoth offer for the 22-year-old central midfielder would have been enough to prise him away from Germany.
However, it is said the bid was flat out refused by Leipzig despite the fact Keita is keen on a move to Anfield.
The report states that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to miss out on his top transfer target as agreeing a deal with Leipzig for the Guinea international looks “increasingly difficult”.
The Echo claims Liverpool must now choose between making a third offer in excess of £70million or looking at other options if Leipzig do not change their stance.
Keita was one of the Bundesliga side’s top performers last term, scoring eight goals in 32 appearances in all competitions, as well as supplying eight assists.
He has been capped by Guinea on 21 occasions, and he played the full 90 minutes as his nation beat Ivory Coast 3-2 in a African Cup of Nations qualifier last month.
Football Insider verdict
The Liverpool-Keita saga has rumbled on for months and it appears the Merseysiders may finally be backing out of their pursuit of the player. A £66million bid for a relatively unproven player is already outrageous, so if the club were to up their bid eyebrows would most certainly be raised. The Reds are sure to have a list of several back up options to look into if their chase of Keita broke down, and it may be time for Klopp to cast his eye over the list.
In other Liverpool transfer news, their midfielder is likely to face a summer exit.