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.