Liverpool open Keita talks ahead of January - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

23rd Sep, 2022 | 8:31am

Sources: Liverpool confident of agreeing Naby Keita deal as talks underway

Liverpool have opened talks with Naby Keita over a new contract and are increasingly hopeful of securing an agreement, sources have told Football Insider.

The midfielder, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season and could agree a pre-contract with an overseas side in January.

Liverpool do not want to lose Keita for nothing this year and are working on tying him down to an extension and maintaining his market value.

That has diminished considerably since he signed for £52.75million from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018.

Liverpool would struggle to get half of that fee for Keita now, mainly due to a series of injuries that have plagued his Anfield career.

Yet Jurgen Klopp retains faith in the Guinea international and has given the green light to extending his contract.

Liverpool are increasingly hopeful an agreement can be sealed with the player and his representatives, with negotiations progressing well so far.

Klopp believes a fully fit Keita has a huge amount to offer and his only issue with the player is his availability record.

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.

A hamstring injury has sidelined Keita all season, amid hope he can return after the international break.

During his four-and-a-bit 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.

In other news, Liverpool are well placed to make astonishing near-£600m announcement.