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RB Leipzig may now let Naby Keita join Liverpool in January instead of next summer

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In the summer, Liverpool completed the transfer of highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita.

After seeing a bid of over £70m rejected for the Guinean international, the Reds finally managed to secure the deal for a £50m fee, however, the catch was that he would arrive at Anfield in the summer of 2018.

It was seen as a huge coup, a signing that Liverpool desperately needed to elevate their midfield to the standard they want.

In 2016/17, Keita was arguably one of the finest players in European football, the driving force behind a Leipzig side that shocked the world by finishing runners up in the Bundesliga.

Their midfield maestro chipped in with eight goals and eight assists, earning unanimous praise along the way.

Now, he has secured his big move but this season, things are not going Keita's way.

In fact, the former Salzburg man is being slammed in the German media and this has only intensified after his dreadful performance away at Besiktas on Tuesday evening.

Leipzig were defeated 3-0 in Turkey, with German publication Kicker branding Keita as the worst performer of all.

Respected football journalist Chris Williams sent out a series of tweets on Thursday detailing just how the German media view Keita and he believes that it may lead to a January move to Liverpool.

KEITA IN TROUBLE

Clearly, he thinks he is above the club and his attitude has not been correct all season.

He was sent off for a ridiculous Sadio Mane-esque tackle in a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach and during his suspension, he managed to antagonise the club further.

While watching from the stands, Keita was seen wearing a red suit. I mean, literally any other colour would have not raised any eyebrows.

Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhüttl was furious with Keita after the Besiktas defeat as well, saying, per Echo: “Naby was not good today, maybe it would have been better not to have taken him.

"For me, as a coach, it is important to see who I can rely on at such moments, which players stand up and who is ready to fight against what is going on on the field."

His bad boy attitude could be good news for Klopp, however, the Liverpool boss will want him to change his attitude immediately if he does arrive at Melwood in January.

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