Reds Reportedly Back Off Naby Keita Pursuit

Reds Reportedly Back Off Naby Keita Pursuit

Reds Reportedly Back Off Naby Keita Pursuit

Jurgen Klopp had targeted the Guinea worldwide as being someone who would provide drive and dynamism to his midfield and was prepared to back his judgement in the player with the biggest transfer outlay in Liverpool's history.

There's still a chance Van Dijk will end up at Liverpool, but it looks like the deal for Keita won't happen this summer.

The Daily Mail reporter indicates that Jürgen Klopp has realised that RB Leipzig will not be bullied into submitting to Liverpool's wishes.

Liverpool have abandoned their pursuit of Naby Keïta with it blatantly clear to Jürgen Klopp that RB Leipzig won't sell this summer.

Liverpool had offers of around £60million rejected but Keita will be available for significantly less than that next year.

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The only way a transfer could be resurrected before the end of August would be if Leipzig performed a U-turn and decided it would be futile keeping an unhappy player at the club but, given how robust they have been in their stance, such a scenario is unlikely.

It remains to be seen how Rangnick's latest comments affect his relationship with Keita, who many expect to leave the east German city next summer at the very latest when his £48m release clause comes into effect.

However, developments over the past 24 hours appear to have changed things following Leipzig's sporting director Ralf Rangnick's controversial comments which saw him claim that a whole village in Guinea was demanding Keita joins Liverpool.

"A whole village in Guinea or somebody from their entourage tells the players why they must do something right away".

A revelation in the Bundesliga last season, the all-action midfielder was at the heartbeat behind of Leipzig's improbable championship push, when he registered eight goals and created a further eight for his teammates.

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