Having just lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, it's little wonder Liverpool are trying so hard to bring Naby Keita to Anfield six months early.
Keita originally agreed to join the Reds at the end of the season in a £48 million deal, but now there are strong rumours he could arrive earlier than expected.
Liverpool will have to pay an added fee to make the move happen, of course, with it being suggested they must fork out an extra £13 million.
But according to RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick, the German midfielder will be staying until the end of the season as planned.
"[Naby Keita] wants to leave us in the summer," Rangnick said. "He will play with us until the end of the season. He is starting today. There isn't more to say."
Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl said the very same prior to Saturday's 3-1 win over Schalke 04, which Keita scored in.
"The current situation is that nothing changed," said Hasenhuttl. "We do not have a reason to sell Keita any time before the end of the season. That's it.
"He will play at the weekend against Schalke 04 and hopefully he does well. That's the only thing I really care about."
Keita scored the opener against Schalke with a rasper from outside the box, but it was his celebration - or lack of celebration, rather - that caught Liverpool fans' attentions.
Liverpool fans think Keita will definitely be joining them in January after he scored such a stunning goal but didn't celebrate. Check out the video and reaction below.
KEITA'S MUTED CELEBRATION
It's no secret that Keita wants to join Liverpool in January and according to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old and his entourage have indicated as much to Leipzig.
Liverpool and Leipzig are still locked in negotiations and have yet to come to an agreement.
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