Liverpool Round-Up: New contract for midfielder, Battle for Senegalese winger, German attacker on the radar


                                  Liverpool set to offer new contract to £120,000-a-week midfielder

Liverpool have opened negotiations with Naby Keita over a new deal and are increasingly hopeful of securing an agreement. Guinea international is out of the deal at the end of the campaign and could agree on a pre-contract with an overseas side in winter.

The Merseyside giants do not want to lose Naby for nothing this year and are working on tying him down to an extension and maintaining his market value. That has diminished considerably since Keita signed for £53m from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018.

The Reds would struggle to get half of that fee for the Guinean midfielder now, mainly due to a series of injuries that have plagued his Liverpool career. Yet the German coach retains faith in the 27-year-old midfielder and has given the green light to extend his deal. The Guinean has played 117 games, scoring 11 goals and supplying seven assists.

The Reds are increasingly hopeful an agreement can be sealed with the player and his representatives, with talks progressing well so far. Jurgen Klopp believes a fully fit African midfielder has a huge amount to offer and his only issue with the footballer is his availability record.

The former RB Leipzig midfielder has not featured for the Reds since the 30 July Community Shield victory over Man City, and his absence, combined with other senior star injuries, forced the club into signing Arthur on loan from Juve. A hamstring injury has sidelined Naby all campaign, amid hope he can return after the international break.

                                        Liverpool keen on signing €25m-rated Senegal international

Liverpool retain an interest in Ismaila Sarr, with Jurgen Klopp ready to stay in the market for an offensive signing. The 24-year-old forward is one of the footballers the Merseyside giants are keeping tabs on, but there is plenty of interest from other PL teams.

Last week, when Senegal international scored a fantastic 50-yard lob against West Brom, many opined the footballer did not belong in the Championship. Soon enough, the Senegalese winger’s name was mentioned alongside many PL teams, with a move away from Watford being what the footballer wanted.

Having been frustrated by Watford’s asking price in the last two summers, the Senegalese has somehow remained with the Hornets. Ismaila does represent the club’s best opportunity to gain immediate promotion back to the PL, but the kind of interest he attracts may make it challenging for them to keep hold of the attacker.

The Reds retain an admiration of Sarr, who has long been linked with a switch to Merseyside. This January, the German manager could look at the void left by Sadio Mane’s departure and may consider bringing in a viable replacement.

The Reds did sign Darwin Nunez to shore up Klopp’s attacking options in the aftermath of Mane’s exit, but the wide areas stay somewhat short of the required quality. Luis Diaz proved his worth with a stunning solo strike against Crystal Palace, but Jurgen Klopp may need to bring in a new star with a long campaign ahead.

                                       Liverpool renewed interest in 19-year-old Bundesliga forward

Jamal Musiala has got the attention of Liverpool and Man United by speaking about a possible Bayern Munich exit and whether the attacker could move to the PL. The 19-year-old attacker spent most of his childhood in the Chelsea academy, after moving from Germany to England as a teenager.

Musiala went back to his country of birth in July 2019, by joining the Bundesliga giants’ youth setup. Jamal, who can also operate as a left forward, got the Bavarians managers excited with his excellent close control, skilful dribbling and keen eye for goal.

Germany international is facing a similar transfer decision to Jude Bellingham. This saw him gain promotion to the club’s senior team, and he made his Bundesliga debut with Freiburg in June 2020. The German playmaker became Bayern Munich’s youngest ever footballer in the competition, as he was aged only 17 years and 115 days.

Jamal represented both England and Germany at the youth level but ultimately chose to represent the latter. Musiala has since won 15 caps for the German national team. The German has reached 20 goals for Bayern in 84 games. And Musiala has been in great form at the start of the current season.

Jamal has found the net five times, as well as registering two assists, in six games. Reports have put PL giants Man United, Liverpool and Man City on the playmaker’s trail. They would all jump at the opportunity to bring him back to England, should Bayern Munich make him available for transfer.