No early Liverpool move for Keita, insists Rangnick

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In one article, Bild repeated that stance several times, and it's believed Keita's concentration is drifting more towards Liverpool, meaning Leipzig are less determined to keep him.

The Reds have already agreed a deal with the German club to sign the 22-year-old midfielder in the summer at the end of the season, but there have been suggestions that the Merseyside outfit could try and bring him to Anfield early.

Liverpool have reportedly been given encouragement they can sign Naby Keita this month - provided they pay RB Leipzig a premium of at least £13million.

The long distance effort gave Leipzig the lead and was Keita's sixth goal of the season, once again demonstrating his value as a goal scoring midfielder.

Despite Leipzig publicly insisting Keita will not be allowed to leave early, reports that the Bundesliga club are more open to the idea behind closed doors.

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Keita was booked in the second half, his fifth yellow card of the season ensuring he'll be suspended for the following game.

On Thursday, head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl claimed: "Nothing has changed".

Schalke drew level on 55 minutes when Brazil defender Naldo headed home, but Leipzig sealed the win with two goals in quick succession as Timo Werner came off the bench to score on 69 minutes, after great work from Emil Forsberg.

Will we see the Guinean touch down in the Premier League before the end of the month, though?

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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