Jurgen Klopp has no plans to sell Naby Keita this summer despite making a new deal for Georginio Wijnaldum his top Liverpool midfield priority, Football Insider understands.
Reports in Germany have suggested RB Leipzig have set their sights on re-signing the Guinea international and the Merseysiders are open to letting him go.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Klopp retains total faith in Keita and regards him as a key member of the squad going into next season.
The manager is in no doubt that the 25-year-old can be a Premier League star if he can avoid the niggling injuries that have held him back and get a lengthy run of games under his belt.
As reported by this site, Klopp is keen Wijnaldum is secured to a new and improved deal and has outlined that position to executives including sporting director Michael Edwards.
Talks have started with the Dutch midfielder on extending his current agreement, which is due to expire in the summer of 2021.
Wijnaldum was expected to drop down the Anfield pecking order when Keita completed his £52m move from Leipzig in 2018, a year after the deal was agreed.
But it is the Guinea international who has had to play second fiddle, while the older man has been a virtual ever-present.
Keita has made just four Premier League starts among 18 appearances in all competitions this season.
Since joining Liverpool, the creative midfielder has failed to match his goalscoring and creating exploits that made his name in Germany and Austria.