In Focus: Liverpool should wait rather than pay extra cash for Keita

RB Leipzig would consider allowing Naby Keita to join Liverpool this month if the Premier League club pay an additional £17m, according to Bild.

What’s the word?

Since Philippe Coutinho completed a move to Barcelona, rumours have been in overdrive claiming that the Reds want to speed up the arrival of Keita.

The Merseyside outfit agreed to sign the midfielder in the summer for a fee talkSPORT claims was worth £48m.

The arrangement was for Keita to finish the season at Leipzig and then move to Liverpool before the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Now, though, the Reds reportedly want him to fill in the gap left by Coutinho.

Initially, the Bundesliga outfit publicly stated that a deal would not be struck, but according to Bild, if Jurgen Klopp’s side fork up around £17m then Keita is theirs.

Should Liverpool pay the premium?

Losing Coutinho is of course a big blow, but paying extra money for a player that they have already acquired seems foolish from a financial standpoint.

Presumably, Keita was bought with the intention that Coutinho would still be at Anfield next season.

Even though Klopp has lost a body in attacking midfield, he has the option of calling on Adam Lallana now that the England international is back fit.

Even though the former Southampton player may not possess the same quality as the Brazilian, he can fit into an attacking formation that boasts Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

In addition, Keita is cup-tied for the Champions League, so he would not be able to make a difference to Liverpool’s campaign in the competition.

The midfielder has also been through a run of poor form, therefore it would be best for the Reds to have him in the ranks once he is fresh and ready for a new season.