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RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has claimed that many top Premier League clubs were after him in the summer. The 21-year-old Guinea star had spent a couple of seasons at RB Salzburg and was widely tipped to make a move to one of the bigger teams in the Premier League but the midfielder decided to move to Germany.

Speaking with SportNet, the midfielder also revealed why he did not move to a big club at the moment.

“Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton were all interested in signing me and Liverpool as well, although I did not speak with their coach.

“I did not want to join a big Champions League club right away. It is too early for that. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga first now.”

The 21-year-old does have a winning pedigree, as he did pick up a couple of Austrian Bundesliga titles with Salzburg and he could have been a great signing for the Reds as well.

Keita could have followed the same route as Sadio Mane, who also spent time at Salzburg before moving to the Premier League with Southampton. The Guinea player has had a great start to his Bundesliga career, though, having scored three goals in just six games and has helped his side to move up to second in the table behind Bayern Munich.

Liverpool’s need for a midfielder?

While Keita might be a good option to have in the side for the season, Liverpool are blessed with a lot of quality in the heart of midfield. The current trio of Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are doing extremely well for the side and cannot be replaced by anyone else in the team.

The Reds also have the likes of Marko Grujic, Emre Can and Kevin Stewart waiting in the wings. The trio has done exceptionally well in the EFL Cup game against Tottenham and will be looking to break into the starting XI with regularity.

Keita would have probably been a squad player as he can star in an attacking role but his preferred position is that of a defensive midfielder, something that Liverpool are not blessed with. The Reds could think about signing the talented youngster next season, after paying attention to how he plays for a bigger side in a bigger league.

If the Reds do make it to the Champions League they will need quality in all departments. Keita is not the complete package yet but given the start he has had this season; big things are expected from the 21-year-old. Liverpool will do well to track him and hopefully be the first ones to move for the midfielder, should that be required.

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Liverpool injury update: Jurgen Klopp provides the latest on injured Reds stars including Keita

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Manager Jurgen Klopp has provided the latest team news ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Huddersfield Town. (Liverpool Echo)

Summer signing Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury while on duty for his national team whereas Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk suffered setbacks too.

The Reds will check on the fitness of the latter three but Klopp confirmed that Keita is out for this game. When asked if he had a fitness update, Klopp responded by saying (h/t Liverpool Echo),

“Not really. We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that.

“The only thing that is pretty sure is that Naby will not be available; with all the rest we have to see how it develops. That’s it, pretty much.”

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Naby Keita

Speaking about Virgil van Dijk, the gaffer added that there were no long-term concerns regarding the player’s fitness. The Dutchman featured in the Netherlands’ 3-0 win vs Germany but returned home after the game as a precautionary measure, missing the following game against Belgium.

Klopp added:

“You saw when he went off – everybody saw when he went off – in the home game against Southampton, Virg would not leave the pitch without any major problems.

“It settled pretty quickly. Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. What it is exactly is not too important.

“It’s all good, he has no problems with that anymore.”

Virgil van Dijk (right)

We’ll have to wait to see if the injured players recover in time to make it to the starting XI against Huddersfield Town.

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Despite a drop in form, we are level on points with league leaders Man City and a win against the Terriers would help us maintain the pressure at the top.

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Salah and Mane out? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield Town

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Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield in the Premier League

Liverpool take on a struggling Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday. While the Terriers are one of the three teams who are yet to win in the Premier League this season, Liverpool are tied level on points with league leaders, Manchester City.

The Reds are unbeaten in the league but the international break hasn’t been great. Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane all picked up injuries and Jurgen Klopp might mix things up.

Liverpool drew against Manchester City last time around and it will be interesting to see how the Reds fare in this game.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian is our first-choice goalkeeper and will start the game against the Terriers on Saturday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Alexander-Arnold was part of the England side during the recent international break and should be up for the clash against Huddersfield.

Joe Gomez

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk is a sure starter for the Reds at the back. He has completely transformed our team’s dynamics and is crucial to our success.

Joe Gomez (CB)

Gomez was excellent for England against Spain and should look to carry that form for Liverpool on Saturday.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The Scottish captain is one of the best left-backs in the league and must start for the Reds.

James Milner (CM)

Milner picked up an injury prior to the international break but should be fit for this game.

Geoginio Wijnaldum & Memphis Depay

Jordan Henderson (CM)

The captain should start the game for the Reds given that Naby Keita is out injured.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum scored a great goal against Germany recently and has been excellent for Liverpool so far.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RW)

Salah’s minor problem could give Shaqiri a chance to shine. The Swiss star hasn’t started many games for us, but this is the perfect tie to play him.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian isn’t getting as many goals as he would have liked, but he is an important player for the team and should start on Saturday.

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Daniel Sturridge (LW)

With Mane a doubt, Klopp can opt to play Daniel Sturridge on the left wing.

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Reputed journalist claims Liverpool attacker will leave in January – £20m price tag set

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James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that Divock Origi could leave Anfield in the winter window. The Belgian was linked with a move away in the summer but remained at the club.

However, the 23-year-old hasn’t played a single senior minute for Liverpool, but the report adds that the Reds will demand a fee of £20million for the Belgian in January.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could make a move for the Belgian striker. The club were willing to spend £22million plus add-ons in the summer but Origi wasn’t willing to move to Molineux, as per the report.

The report adds that Everton are also interested in the 23-year-old but they have not made any official contact with Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund were also interested in the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo) but wanted to sign him on a loan in the summer.

Origi is not getting a lot of game time this season as Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are being preferred by Jurgen Klopp.

The Belgian needs to move out and truth be told, he hasn’t been the same since a horrible tackle by Ramiro Funes Mori in a Merseyside derby in Klopp’s first season in charge.

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Origi could fetch us some decent money and hopefully, he gets the right move away from the club to reignite his career elsewhere.

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