Liverpool urged to sign 22-year-old to partner Philippe Coutinho in midfield

Former Arsenal striker Stewart Robson believes Naby Keita and Philippe Coutinho would be a great midfield combination for Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho and Naby Keita would be a great combination in the Liverpool midfield, according to Stewart Robson.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move to sign the Guinea international from Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig.

The German club have remained adamant that Keita won’t leave the club this summer despite Liverpool’s pursuit of the African star.

The Reds are thought to be ready to spend a club-record £72m fee on the 22-year-old after failing with offers of £57m and £65m.

Liverpool are facing a battle to keep one of their own key players as Barcelona look to prise Brazil international Philippe Coutinho away from Anfield.

Former Arsenal striker Robson explained why Liverpool should look to keep Coutinho if Keita arrives at Anfield this summer.

“What a great combination – Keita in midfield with the dynamism and Coutinho with the creativity and ability to get shots away,” Robson told ESPN FC.

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table to secure a return to the Champions League.

The Reds signed seven players in the summer transfer window in 2016 in Klopp first summer market.

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