Getting Naby Keita now takes pressure off Liverpool transfer business

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

But when do they grab that money, place it into the coffers of another club, and land a player in the process?

Despite being nine points clear at the top of La Liga - and a whopping 16 points ahead of Real Madrid - Barcelona have been one of the most active teams in the January transfer window thus far.

According to Bild, Leipzig would be looking to command an additional fee of £13 million to facilitate the original £57m move brokered with Liverpool last summer.

Firmino, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had formed a part of Liverpool's vaunted "Fab Four" this season as the Reds terrorised Premier League defences but with Coutinho's departure, the quartet has split to leave Reds fans anxious about the strength of Jurgen Klopp's squad.

But, Barca are not done and are said to have got one more deal over the line.

Liverpool have been doing almost ideal business for a couple of windows now.

Liverpool are poised to offer Roberto Firmino a huge new contract to keep him at Anfield and prevent him from becoming the next Reds star from quitting for pastures new.

This time Klopp gave up - no player is bigger than the club (something he often says and showed in his stint at Dortmund).

Liverpool have also been linked with Monaco ace Thomas Lemar and Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

Naby Keita will join up with Klopp's men next season to bolster the midfield, and with the addition of Virgil Van Dijk, it bodes well for them moving forward.

A new goalkeeper is paramount, however, if they are to really reach that top level. This has been important in recent months for Klopp, who has made the team harder to beat since its collapse at Wembley Stadium on October 22 in a 4-1 loss against Tottenham.

The jolt of positivity that Keita joining in January would give everyone of a Reds persuasion can not be understated, and not securing an early deal would be a kick in the teeth now.

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