Liverpool midfield target 'wants more playing time'

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Liverpool target Seydou Keita could move away from Barcelona in an effort to get more playing time, according to a source close to the player.

Just days after the player himself confirmed the Reds were monitoring his situation, more speculation has surfaced over the Malian's long-term future in Catalonia.

And, whilst the player is said to be happy with life at the Nou Camp, he is eager to receive more minutes on the pitch.

"The player and his family are happy in Barcelona but also believe he could be given more minutes on the field," said the source.

With a current deal set to expire next summer, according to SkySports, reports are intimating that the player will sit down with top brass at the club in March to potentially agree an extension to his contract moving into 2013.

However, the Spanish giants could look to cash-in on the player, with Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala joining Liverpool with interest in the 31-year-old midfielder.

Kenny Dalglish spent big on midfielders at Anfield in the summer, bringing Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson to Liverpool for a combined fee in the region of £25 million.

However, the Scot has since revealed that owners FSG are willing to bankroll further purchases in the New Year, with Keita now a legitimate target for the Reds.

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