Liverpool are attempting to bring Naby Keita over from RB Leipzig during the January transfer window instead of waiting until the summer. Liverpool and Leipzig agreed upon a £48 million transfer last summer with the conditions being he wouldn't move until the summer of 2018.

Leipzig are now out of the Champions League but they still would like to keep Keita for the rest of the Bundesliga season. Leipzig are seeking an additional £17.8 million to let Keita leave now.

Keïta will meet Leipzig officials before the weekend to discuss his situation, although the coach, Ralph Hasenhüttl, insisted on Thursday he does not expect his star player to leave the club this month.

“Nothing has changed,” he said. “We don’t have reason to sell before the summer. I think Naby wants to finish the season in a good way in Leipzig.”