Getting Naby Keita now takes pressure off Liverpool transfer business


RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl ruled out any suggestion they would consider letting Keita depart for Liverpool this month.

However, former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy recently expressed concerns that Keita isn't the kind of player his old club needs right now, especially in light of Coutinho's departure for La Liga.

Liverpool rejected repeated bids in August but finally gave into Coutinho's demands to leave after sealing a transfer deal worth up to 160 million euros ($192 million), making the Brazilian playmaker Barcelona's costliest ever signing.

"I don't want to sound disrespectful, he was here for five years, we will miss him".

"Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club's greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place".

However, the German club said: "There is nothing new about this situation and so that speculation is not true".

"When Phil wasn't in the team we still played great football and we have still awesome players who can score goals - the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio, Roberto".

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They added: "Nothing has changed and our position hasn't changed from before regarding this transfer".

"I wish Phil all the very best but the only thing I'm concentrating on is Liverpool and winning as many games as we can - starting with Man City on Sunday".

Heidel and Klopp are close friends after working together for seven years at Bundesliga club Mainz.

Hasenhuettl's comments echo those made by Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff earlier this month, who insisted the dates on the contracts drawn up with Liverpool mean there can be no deal this month.

"Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother", Firmino wrote.

Yesterday, Kicker provided two crucial transfer updates about the Merseysiders.

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