Liverpool warned about signing Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk

Reporter Gabriele Marcotti warns Liverpool may to sell a key player to fund big-money moves to sign Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Liverpool may have to sell one of their top players to fund deals to sign Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk, Gabriele Marcotti has warned.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a deal to sign Netherlands international Van Dijk from Premier League rivals Southampton this summer despite Liverpool officially ending their interest last month.

Indeed, the Merseyside outfit were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton but transfer speculation continues to link Van Dijk with a switch to Anfield to work under Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss is thought to be a big admirer of RB Leipzig midfielder Keita but the Bundesliga runners-up are demanding a transfer fee in the region of £70m.

The Merseyside outfit have reportedly failed with a £57m offer for the Guinea international despite the versatile midfielder being interested in a move to Anfield.

The 18-time English champions have already signed Mohamed Salah in a £36.7m deal from AS Roma to break their club record transfer fee.

Philippe Coutinho, meanwhile, has been linked with a lucrative move to Barcelona despite the Liverpool No10 pledging his allegiance to the Reds.

Speaking to ESPN FC about Liverpool’s interest in Keita and Van Dijk, reporter Marcotti warned that Klopp may have to sell to raise the fund required to sign the duo.

“If it’s going to be that £50-70m range for those two guys [Keita and Van Dijk], I don’t see how Liverpool can pay all that money without sacrificing one of their key assets to pay for this,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.

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