Liverpool won’t be able to bring forward the signing of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
That’s according to their sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who has said that “it would make no sense” to allow the African to leave early.
“Even if we don’t progress in the Champions League, it would make no sense to let Naby go to Liverpool earlier.” he told Sport Buzzer.
“We want to try and qualify for Europe again next season through the Bundesliga, of course.
“And we need Naby for that.” he finished.
Liverpool have already got a deal in place to bring the twenty-two year old to Anfield next Summer after paying a premium to activate his release clause early.
Keita has a stipulation in his contract which says he can leave the Bundesliga side at the end of the season if a £48m offer is made for his services.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was so keen to add the Guinea international to his ranks that he made a series of bids to sign him for this season.
Leipzig refused to do business, but did agree to strike a deal for next Summer – but the same thing won’t be happening in January.
Keita hasn’t been in the same kind of form that saw him become such a hot property in the Summer, scoring just once and assisting one goal so far this season.