Expert explains how Naby Keita could line up for Liverpool FC this season

Liverpool FC have the option to speed up Naby Keita's transfer to Anfield, according to one expert

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Naby Keita could end up playing for Liverpool this season if the Reds decide to pay a premium to RB Leipzig, according to a Bundesliga expert.

Lee Price claims that the Reds could pay the German outfit an additional fee to speed up the Guinea international’s move to Anfield.

Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Keita from Leizpig late in the summer transfer window but the agreement is for the midfielder to officially join the Reds next summer, on 1 July.

However, Price claims that the move could be pushed forward if Liverpool are prepared to pay a premium.

Price is quoted as saying by the Sun: “As I revealed back in June, Keita had agreed terms with Liverpool long ago, and it was just Leipzig playing hard ball.

“Cornered by his release clause of £48m kicking in next summer, the German club always knew that they’d have to come to an agreement this summer to maximise their income, hence charging Liverpool a premium to do the deal now.

“This makes sense for all parties – unless Keita picks up an injury.

“There is a chance, depending on Leipzig’s domestic and Champions League progress, that Liverpool could pay a further premium to capture the midfielder in January.

“The deal also suits the Reds, as it safeguards them against Emre Can’s expiring contract – with the German expected to complete a move to Juventus at the end of the season.”

Liverpool made four summer signings after having tied up deals for Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Reds are back in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Manchester City at The Etihad as they look to build on their 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal before the international break.

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