Jurgen Klopp replies when asked if 22-year-old is joining Liverpool FC in January
Jurgen Klopp rejects talk of Liverpool FC signing Naby Keita early in the January transfer window
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Naby Keita will not be moving to Liverpool FC in the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old Guinea international is set to move to Anfield from German side RB Leipzig in the summer transfer window next year after a deal was struck between the two clubs last summer.
There have been suggestions that Keita could be set to move to Anfield earlier than expected after the Bundesliga outfit failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.
However, Klopp has now moved to pour cold water on those reports by insisting that there is no chance Keita will sign for Liverpool FC officially until 1 July next year.
Reds boss Klopp told a news conference at Melwood on Friday: “There is an agreement with the club that he will come in June or July to Liverpool.
“There is nothing else to say about that. We really don’t think about it because of all the things Leipzig have said.
“They said they do not have to sell any player.
“Why should they do something like that (letting him leave in January)? So no, we don’t think about it.”
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action on Friday night when they take on top-four rivals Arsenal at The Emirates.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be set to come up against his former employers for the first time since his move to Liverpool FC from Arsenal on transfer deadline day back in August.
Liverpool FC are bound to be linked with a host of other players in the coming weeks as the January transfer window draws ever nearer.
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