Leipzig Set To Rebuff Liverpool’s Keita January Advances

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Any hopes Liverpool harboured of bringing forward Naby Keita’s move to Anfield to January are set to end in disappointment, claims the Liverpool Echo.

Leipzig are seventh in the Bundesliga but face a premature Champions League exit in December following their 0 – 2 defeat in the deafening howl of Istanbul’s Vodafone Park at the hands of Besiktas. It’s left them bottom of the group and needing two wins over Porto, at home and in the Estádio do Dragão which can be equally intimidating.

The Echo reports that the German club are unlikely to cede to any requests for Keita’s early release despite criticism of the Guinea international by the media and his manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Expectations of Keita are high at the club and they were initially reluctant to sell to Liverpool but the player’s insistence on wanting to play in the Premier League led to Die Roten Bullen agreeing a £48m fee with the Reds.

However, it’s believed the club are determined to make Keita see out this season to ensure that the runner-up spot claimed in 2016-17 is a platform upon which Leipzig build and not be recorded as one of the Bundesliga’s most sensational flashes in a pan.