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Naby Keita not joining Liverpool this month, says RB Leipzig coach

Naby Keita not joining Liverpool this month, says RB Leipzig coach

Naby Keita will not be allowed to join Liverpool this month, according to RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl. Liverpool have already agreed a deal to […]The post Naby Keita not joining Liverpool this month, says RB Leipzig coach appeared first on Squawka News.

Naby Keita will not be allowed to join Liverpool this month, according to RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Liverpool have already agreed a deal to sign the midfielder in the summer for £51 million, which was set to be a club record fee before Virgil Van Dijk joined for £75m at the beginning of January.
The two clubs are in talks to bring the deal forward, The Telegraph claims, suggesting Keita is ready for an immediate move to the Premier League.
But Hasenhuttl insists the plan is for the 22-year-old to remain with Leipzig until the end of the season.
“The situation is the same as it was all season – there’s no reason for us to let Naby Keita go early,” he told the BBC.
“Nothing has changed and our position hasn’t changed from before regarding this transfer.” What Keita will add to Liverpool
Chances created (top) and successful take-ons per 90 minutes in the league this season.
Philippe Coutinho’s exit means Liverpool have lost their most creative midfielder; the Brazilian set up 40 goalscoring chances in the league this season, five more than any teammate, and also managed the most assists (6).
The arrival of Keita would go some way in remedying that.
Keita has made more chances (19) in total than Liverpool’s remaining central midfielders despite making fewer league appearances this season.
More than anything else, bringing the Keita deal forward would appease fans worried allowing Coutinho to leave halfway through the season could disrupt the quest for a top-four spot and progression deep into the Champions League.
The club next host Manchester City on Sunday.
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