Klopp jokes that Liverpool will bid £270m for Keita

Hope Soto
July 31, 2017

Liverpool have been told to forget about signing Naby Keita after RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhüttl assured that the midfielder will "100% stay" with the Bundesliga side next season.

They returned with an offer that, with add-ons, was worth more than £66m - a fee that would have been nearly double what Liverpool spent to bring Mohamed Salah from Roma last month.

And, barring any U-turn from Leipzig while the transfer window is still open, Liverpool will put their interest in the 22-year-old on hold till next summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Guinea global has been regularly linked with a move to the Anfield outfit over the past few months as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his options ahead of the new season. It's 100% clear that Naby will play this year in Leipzig.

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

Hasenhuttl refused to confirm the existence of the clause and warned the Reds they "will not be the only one" club interested in bringing Keita in next summer.

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'The chance [of Keïta leaving] is null, ' said Hasenhüttl.

"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".

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

Naby Keita made 123 defensive actions in the Bundesliga last season. "Until next summer we keep it (the door) closed and then we have a look", Hasenhuttl added.

'These are our two most important players on our team so it's sure he will be with our team next year'.

"We are not where we want to be yet, but that is what pre-season is for". I think we said it early that we want to build on the squad from a year ago, and that's what we've tried to do.

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