Keita joined Liverpool in 2018 from RB Leipzig for a staggering £54m.
He has since endured a tough time at Anfield, partly because of injury and partly because he doesn’t really fit the mould of what Jurgen Klopp wants in a midfielder.
Now, with Keita in the final year of his Liverpool deal, he can agree a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs in January before leaving for nothing next summer.
Klopp spoke about the prospect of selling Keita this summer. and whilst he did not seem keen to let him go because Liverpool would not bring in a replacement, the German did not seem opposed to selling him at some point:
“Do we sell Naby now and not replace him? No, that is not possible,” Klopp said. “Of course not. But it is not the plan. We are done, so we don’t think that a player can go and we don’t replace him.
“No, there’s no chance. Naby will not go but if he would, which he will not do, there must be a replacement, of course. It’s clear.”
Now, Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Keita’s contract situation, with the midfielder looking to understand how important he will be under Klopp before committing his future:
“There are ongoing contacts between Naby Keita’s camp and Liverpool to decide about the future. There’s been a lot of interest around him for a long time but no official bids,” Romano explained.
“Talks with Liverpool will continue, Keita wants to understand how important he’ll be for Klopp in the future before making his final decision.”