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    Friday, 24 September 2021

    Naby Keita to snub Reds amid contract talks

    Naby Keita will reportedly not heed an offer of a new Liverpool contract


    Liverpool and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita will reportedly snub a new Anfield contract unless he's assured more game time.

    Keita who has struggled to feature for the Reds on a consistent basis since arriving from RB Leipzig, is being tipped for a new Anfield deal.

    His current deal runs until 2023 and BILD football expert, Christian Falk, has claimed that the 26-year-old will not partake in negotiations unless he is provided more of a prominent role at Anfield.

    Keita has had a better time so far this term, making six appearances so far and scoring in the win over Crystal Palace .

    But he was dropped for the crunch clash with Chelsea three games into the campaign, suggesting that Klopp still does not trust the midfielder.

    That is something that will have to change if Klopp is to keep Keita on Merseyside, and avoid being dealt a major headache at the same time.

    The last central midfielder to depart at the end of their contract was Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer.

    The Reds refused to sign a replacement for the Dutchman, with Klopp insisting that a new midfielder was not needed.

    "There's no need to buy a midfielder just because there's one on the market. If people think about it, there's no real need [for a midfielder],” he said ahead of the draw with Chelsea.

    "If there was one player who could improve all the things, then we would go for it. Wijnaldum played an incredible amount of games for us.

    "But if there's an area of the team where we have the dynamics, there is no gap [in midfield]. We have players with great skills. I cannot help the supporters who want us to sign a player just to get somebody in.

    "If there's an area we have on the pitch where we have all the different skill sets, dynamic, creativity, defensive-orientated, offensive-orientated, all these kind of things - there is no gap."

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