Liverpool told they must pay extra £17m to bring forward Naby Keïta signing

• RB Leipzig keen to retain Guinea midfielder until end of season
• £54m deal for Keïta to join at end of season agreed last summer

Liverpool are attempting to bring forward the signing of Naby Keïta from RB Leipzig to this month, with Jürgen Klopp keen to add the Guinea international to his squad for the second half of the season following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

An agreement to purchase Keïta for his £48m release clause was settled in August, with Liverpool also expected to pay a premium of around £6m to complete his move to Anfield at the end of the season. But after Coutinho’s British record £142m transfer to Barça was completed last week, Klopp is hopeful that Leipzig could be persuaded to allow the 22-year-old to leave five months earlier than planned.

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