Published: Tue, August 01, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Liverpool boss upbeat despite Leipzig ruling out Keita transfer

Liverpool boss upbeat despite Leipzig ruling out Keita transfer

Despite ruling out the opportunity to pocket up to €80 million Liverpool were prepared to invest in the talented midfielder, RB Leipzig would be forced to settle for €50 million as early as next summer.

"Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would not let the disappointment of missing out on top transfer target Naby Keita get him down following the victory over Hertha Berlin as he joked the club will launch a "€300m" bid to sign the RB Leipzig midfielder.

The Reds saw two bids for the Guinean - at £57m and £66m - rejected by RB Leipzig this summer, with the German club adamant they would not sell at any price.

"It's 100 percent that Naby will play this year at Leipzig".

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"At the beginning of the transfer period that we said we would start with the same team and of the players we had a year ago no-one will go".

Keita is not the only player to have been linked with a move to Anfield of late.

"Liverpool will finish their transfer activities and that's ok with me".

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"For us, everyone can see how important Naby Keita is for our game", Hasenhuttl said.

Keita scored eight goals in 31 appearances last season to help Leipzig qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

"He's more focused on us and has more fun than previous year. He knows this season will be fantastic for us", he said.

"To be honest, I think we were all hoping that we would have been a lot happier at the stage".

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