Any early arrival for Keita may mean that the Reds will have to pay a premium to get their man, although the report goes on to state that Liverpool will not try and force the move due to their good relationship with the Bundesliga outfit.
"We didn't play the stars out of the sky but it was an important win for us", said Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf, who acknowledged Hertha was the better side.
Keita was booked in the second half, his fifth yellow card of the season ensuring he'll be suspended for the following game.
Schalke drew level on 55 minutes when Brazil defender Naldo headed home, but Leipzig sealed the win with two goals in quick succession as Timo Werner came off the bench to score on 69 minutes after great work from Emil Forsberg.
SC to hear tomorrow pleas for probe in judge BH Loyas death
Lone contended that a fair probe was needed into the "mysterious death" of Loya. "We will not go by what the high court is doing". The issue came to spotlight in November 2017 after media reports, quoting his sister, fuelled suspicion about his death.
However, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million, Jurgen Klopp would welcome an agreement for the midfielder to arrive this month, albeit with another additional fee to pay even though he would be ineligible for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However, after Hanover striker Niclas Fuellkrug made it 2-1 with a header towards the end of the first half, De Jong brought down midfielder Felix Klaus in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
Augsburg defeated Hamburger SV 1-0 to leave the visitor stuck in the relegation zone.
Hoffenheim had earlier missed their chance to move back to the top three after drawing 1-1 at lowly Werder Bremen.