Liverpool back off from Keita deal


RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick has attempted to clarify criticism of Naby Keita's camp.

Speaking after Leipzig's 1-0 Emirates Cup defeat to Sevilla, in which Keita played the whole game, Hasenhuttl stressed the player is more than happy to stay put as the club begin their Champions League adventure.

Liverpool are now going to turn their attentions elsewhere, whilst also looking at their other big targets including Virgil van Dijk.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be a big admirer of Keita, who played a starring role for Leipzig last season and helped the club surprisingly finished second in the Bundesliga. Similar to the Reds, Leipzig will be competing in the Champions League next season and it will be the flawless opportunity to see whether Keita can continue to deliver the goods in one of the hardest club competitions in the world.

Jurgen Klopp had targeted the Guinea worldwide, 22, as being someone who would provide drive and dynamism to his midfield and was prepared to back his judgment of the player with the biggest transfer outlay in the club's history.

"When you play such a famous season as a year ago it is normal players get interest, that other clubs are watching us is normal", he said. "I'm 100 percent sure that they will be this year with Leipzig".

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"He knows this season it will be fantastic for us".

Then Rangnick came out and blamed Keita's "village" to be turning his head toward Liverpool. "I think he is more focused than previous year".

Reports even suggested Liverpool were willing to pay as much as £70m for the midfield star but the Reds dropped their interest in the player and will now attempt to sign him next summer when his £48m release clause comes into effect.

"I don't tell you about the details of his contract".

"Liverpool will not be the only one [to look at Keita next summer] I think".

'Until next summer we keep it [the door] closed.