Letting Keita join Liverpool early would make no sense - Rangnick

Naby Keita is lined up to join Liverpool in 2018, but RB Leipzig are adamant that his move will not be completed before the season ends.

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RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita is set to join Liverpool ahead of the 2018 season.   -  Getty Images

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangick has dismissed reports that Liverpool-bound Naby Keita could depart for Anfield before the end of the season.

After much speculation in pre-season, the Reds eventually reached an agreement with Leipzig for Keita - who was so impressive in his debut Bundesliga campaign - to move to Merseyside in July 2018.

Liverpool reportedly agreed to pay a premium on top of Keita's already substantial release clause of €48million to secure the deal, and there has been talk that Jurgen Klopp's side will try to bring him to the Premier League ahead of schedule to boost their campaign.

But Rangnick is adamant that no such situation will be sanctioned by Leipzig, which itself feels Keita is crucial to its own targets.

Leipzig is still in contention in Champions League Group G and sit second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich, so losing Keita could jeopardise securing a second consecutive top-four finish.

"Even if we should not reach the knockout stages of Champions League, it would make no sense to allow Naby to join Liverpool earlier," Rangnick told Leipziger Volkszeitung

"We want to qualify for Europe again and we need Naby for that."


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