Even though the initial agreement between the two sides was that the midfielder would arrive in July, the departure of Coutinho has changed the plans at Anfield.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool and RB Leipzig are in ongoing negotiations about bringing the 22-year-old’s move forward, but no concrete agreement has been reached yet. Reports in Germany suggest that the Saturday clash between RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 will be Keïta’s last game for the club, with his move to Liverpool set to be completed the following day.
It is yet unknown how much the total fee would add up to as Liverpool have already agreed an initial £66.4m for the services of the Guinea international, but further £13m is expected to be the price of moving the transfer forward.
Meanwhile the Bundesliga side’s manager refused to get involved, insisting that the situation around Keïta has not changed.
“The current situation is that nothing changed. We do not have a reason to sell Keïta any time before the end of the season. That’s it,” Hasenhüttl said on Thursday as quoted by Express UK.
“He will play at the weekend against Schalke 04 and hopefully he does well. That’s the only thing I really care about.
“I think that Naby wants to finish the season in a good way in Leipzig. He wants to leave a good impression.
“He made many good games for the club – in my opinion, I think that he will put everything into the rest of the season. “