Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are reluctant to sanction the early release of Naby Keita to Liverpool but with the player enthusiastic over a January switch and with bigger offers, the possibility of an immediate transfer is growing.

The midfielder already has a contract with the Anfield side that comes into effect on July 1, after both parties settled on a £57 million deal that could rise to £66m.

However, with Philippe Coutinho departing to Barcelona for £142m and the Reds needing to inject some dynamism into midfield, negotiations have begun over bringing the arrangement forward.

A meeting between Keita and Leipzig will take place prior to the weekend, with a decision on how to progress currently understood to be “in the balance”. This discussion will significantly dictate the direction of matters.

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