Liverpool’s hopes of acquiring Naby Keita six months before the subjected transfer date has hit a stumbling block after RB Leipzig released an official statement stating that the midfielder will definitely remain with the Die Bullen for the rest of the season as it was previously planned.
Liverpool reached an agreement over Naby Keita’s transfer to Anfield back in the summer after they decided to trigger his £48m release clause. The deal, however, was for the midfielder to join the Reds in the summer of 2018; July 1.
However, there were claims that the Reds were looking to sign him before the subjected date and German outlet Bild (h/t The Kop Times) even quoted that should an added fee between £13.2m and £17.7m be paid, the 22-year-old would move to England in winter itself.
Liverpool actually were in hurry to get him on board, but Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona reportedly led them to ask for early acquisition. Despite the Leipzig hierarchy earlier dismissing Keita’s early departure, there were sure shot claims that paying an additional fee between £13.2m to £17.7m would make the 22-year-old a Liverpool player in January.
However, Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has dismissed the claims, addressing that the midfielder will be staying with the Bundesliga outfit for the remainder of the season and will only become an official Liverpool player in July 2018. An official statement from the club read,
“To end the speculation of the past few days to Naby Keita, RBL sporting director Ralf Rangnick announced on Sunday that midfield all-rounder Naby Keita will not prematurely in the winter to Liverpool FC, but will play as planned until the end of the season for RB Leipzig. From July 2018, the 22-year-old then plays for the Premiere League club.”
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 14, 2018
“We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window,” Rangnick said, per Leipzig’s official website.
“As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case and so we have decided to end this topic. Naby and his advisor also accepted this decision.”
This is a disappointing news for us as Naby would have been a welcome addition for us this month. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt too much to wait for a few more months to get the player on board as we have enough quality to achieve our season targets.
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon
The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.
Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.
Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:
“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.
The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.
The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.
Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.