Sunday 22 October 2017

Liverpool will not target another midfielder after missing out on Naby Keita - Jamie Carragher

Naby Keita will join Liverpool next season
Naby Keita will join Liverpool next season

Jack Austin

Jurgen Klopp will not sign another midfielder this summer despite missing out on Naby Keita, according to Jamie Carragher, who believes Liverpool will just wait to sign him next summer instead.

The Reds saw two bids for the Guinean – at £57m and £66m – rejected by RB Leipzig this summer, with the German club adamant they would not sell at any price.

Keita, however, has a £48m release clause inserted into his contract which activates next summer, meaning Liverpool would be able to sign him at a massive cut-price deal – but would have a number of other potential suitors to battle with.

There is also the risk that the Reds drop out of the Champions League places at the end of the season, thus likely ruling them out of Keita.

But despite this probable increased competition for his signature, Carragher expects Klopp to wait for his man rather than finding an alternative option.

“Regarding Keita, I don’t think that Klopp will go out and buy another midfielder,” he told 5times.co.uk.

“I think he would be willing to wait until next season as supposedly Keita has a buyout clause.

“Nevertheless, if we go into the new season with what we’ve got now, I think there will be a lot of trepidation amongst the Liverpool fans.

“I’m sure the club are working 24/7 behind the scenes to bring players in, not only to keep the supporters happy, but to strengthen the squad for the big season ahead.”

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