Everybody knows Liverpool are trying to sign RB Leipzig star Naby Keïta. They also probably know that Liverpool aren’t exactly having an easy time of it, having been frustrated by Leipzig’s stance on the player. Frustrating as it’s been, though, they haven’t abandoned the chase just yet.
“There’s nothing new to say about this,” was manager Jürgen Klopp’s response when asked about the situation while on tour with the club in Hong Kong for the second phase of pre-season. “It’s the transfer market, so everything is open until August 31st. I’m not so easy to frustrate.”
Klopp and the club have set their sights high this summer, targeting three players who the manager feels will improve the starting eleven along with a left back to compete for minutes, with the overall goal constructing a matchday 18 good enough to push for silverware in both England and Europe.
They landed target Mohamed Salah relatively easily due to Roma’s need to sell, but things have been far more difficult when it comes to Keïta or Virgil van Dijk—the latter of whom the club and Klopp won’t identify as a target again after having had to apologise to Southampton for an improper approach.
Behind the scenes, though, with the club not having moved on to a Plan B, it is believed there is still a chance of making that deal happen. And in the case of Keïta, the club still strongly believe that in the end they can find a way to get the deal done and to get Klopp his top midfield target.
“It’s the transfer market,” the manager said again. “Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. That’s how it is but I am still relaxed.”