RB Leipzig will resist Liverpool's attempts to get Naby Keita in January

Naby Keita has signed for Liverpool but remains on loan at RB Leipzig until the end of the season
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Naby Keita has signed for Liverpool but remains on loan at RB Leipzig until the end of the season Credit Getty Images

Now Liverpool have reportedly been given encouragement they can bring Keita's move forward, provided they pay RB Leipzig a premium of at least £13million, the Liverpool Echo reports.

RB Leipzig intend to resist Liverpool's attempts to bring Naby Keita to the club in January, according to reports.

Keita had a release clause in his contract which would have seen him become available for £48m this summer, but Liverpool opted to pay over the amount to secure his signature in advance amid interest from Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to fill the void in his midfield following the Brazil international's departure and is said to believe Keita can provide the necessary cover.

As details emerge of the measures Coutinho took to push through his Nou Camp transfer - committing £11.5 million of his own cash to meet Liverpool's valuation - his former club are considering how best to move on from his loss.

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It is suggested that Leipzig have softened their stance as they want to generate more money so as not to fall foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Last week, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff cooled speculation that Keita could be on the move in January.

"Neither Naby nor his agent have made the request to leave the club in the winter", he said.

But the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has convinced Liverpool that they may need a replacement for the Brazilian as soon as possible.

Keita would be cup-tied in the Champions League, but would be able to feature in both the Premier League and FA Cup if Liverpool did manage to pull it off.

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