Jurgen Klopp urged to rush through ‘underrated’ Liverpool FC signing

Danny Higginhotham is a big fan of Liverpool FC signing Naby Keita and can see the merits of rushing through the deal

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Danny Higginbotham has hailed Naby Keita as an underrated player ahead of the African midfielder’s move to Liverpool FC.

The Reds agreed a big-money deal to sign the box to box midfielder from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig last summer.

However, Liverpool FC’s agreement hinged on Keita moving to Anfield at the end of the 2017-18 Bundesliga campaign.

The Merseyside outfit sold Philippe Coutinho in a £142m deal to La Liga giants Barcelona earlier in the January transfer window to leave a void in their midfield.

Speculation over the past week has suggested that Liverpool FC could rush through the transfer in order to bolster their midfield options ahead of their top-four push in the second half of the season.

RB Leipzig could be reluctant to consider Keita’s early exit given the Guinea international’s importance to their participation in the Europa League and challenge for a Champions League spot in the Bundesliga.

But former Manchester United defender Higginbotham endorsed the Liverpool FC signing and offer a couple of reasons why Keita would improve the Reds side in the second half of the 2017-18 season.

“He’s going to be a great signing for Liverpool, with what he brings to the midfield and the way he drives forward,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports News on Saturday.

“He’s very underrated as well in the way he can pick a pass and find a through-ball.”

Higginbotham added: “If they’re in a position where they feel that they need to strengthen central midfield, with a player who can get on the ball and drive forward, then they may think that it’s worthwhile, especially with the money they’ve got from selling Coutinho.

“It all depends on how Klopp sees the situation, how he sees the importance of him. Emre Can looks as if he could be going to Juventus, so it could be a case that Keita comes in and Can takes a backseat.”

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

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