Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side beat Everton in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend, setting them up perfectly for the visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men booked their place in the fourth round of the world’s oldest club competition courtesy of a 2-1 win over the Toffees last Friday, with goals from James Milner and Virgil van Dijk either side of a Gylfi Sigurdsson equaliser enough to see off Sam Allardyce’s side, and set up a last 32 clash with Alan Pardew’s West Brom at the end of the month. And victory last weekend has set the Reds up perfectly for their encounter with Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten City on Sunday, in what looks set to be one of the Citizens’ toughest tests yet in their bid to go the whole season unbeaten.
Thus, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Bild, which details the price Liverpool must pay to bring forward a deal for midfielder Naby Keita to this month.
The 22-year-old had already put pen-to-paper on a permanent deal to Anfield but that is due to take place in the summer, yet Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona earlier this week could well bring forward the Guinea international’s proposed move to Merseyside.
However, recent reports suggest that the Reds will need to pay a premium of between ’15 and 20 million euros’ to convince Leipzig into parting with the player, who has scored five goals in 20 appearances for the German club this season.
And with Keita reportedly keen on making the move to Liverpool this month, it’s a deal that could be in the offing before the January 31 deadline.
Landlord’s verdict: Naby Keita is set to become a Liverpool player in the summer at the latest, but recent reports suggest that the Reds could accelerate that deal forward to this month.
And that’s because a premium of ’15 to 20 million euros’ could be enough to convince Leipzig to part with the 22-year-old, with the German side reportedly in need of a cash injection to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
The Reds saw Philippe Coutinho depart to Barcelona earlier this week as well, and with Keita reportedly keen for an early move and Jurgen Klopp’s men ideally seeking to bolster their midfield ranks, it could well make sense to pay that little bit more to bring him to Anfield this month.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!