Liverpool transfer news and rumours: RB Leipzig intent on keeping hold of Reds target as Bayern Munich circle

RB Leipzig are either playing hard to get with Naby Keita or they really don’t want to sell him.

With talk that Liverpool are eyeing up a move for the 22-year-old not going away, the Leipzig sporting director has now reportedly had to deny Bayern Munich’s interest.

“I don’t know anything about Bayern interest. Naby’s an extraordinary player who could play in any European top team,” he told Sport1 Doppelpass .

He also reiterated that the youngster who joined the club last summer on a four-year deal had “no release clause in his contract”.

Can denies greedy tag as contract talks drag on

Emre Can has insisted he’s no money-grabber in tense contract talks with Liverpool , writes David Maddock here.

And even though Germany international Can concedes ‘You never know what will happen in football”, he argued there’s still a big chance he will remain at Anfield for years to come.

Can’s goal against Burnley will have given the Anfield money-men a timely nudge
(Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty)

The midfielder has been embroiled in extended negotiations over a new deal, but has still to get close to any agreement, which – with his contract fast ticking down – raises the spectre of a summer move.

He will have just 12 months left on his deal at the end of the season, and if he hasn’t signed by then, Liverpool will have no option but to try to sell him, rather than risk losing the German international on a free transfer.

Sources suggest the player’s representatives are looking to DOUBLE his current salary of around £35,000-£40,000 a week.

STAN COLLYMORE: Klopp’s to blame if Reds mis top four

If Liverpool don’t finish in the Premier League’s top four this season then it will be Jurgen Klopp ’s fault, writes Mirror Sport columnist Stan Collymore here.

Yes, they are up there now after Sunday’s ‘ugly’ 2-1 win over Burnley. But Arsenal and Manchester United, five and six points behind them respectively, both have two games in hand and the Reds will know they will be hard on their tails for the rest of the season.

Chelsea and Manchester City are certs to be in the final top four, meaning it’s two from four – with third-placed ­Tottenham also included – for the remaining spots.

So, from a position of real strength at the turn of the year, my old club now find themselves in a dogfight.

(Photo: Reuters)

Lovren makes return in U23s

Dejan Lovren managed 75 minutes for Liverpool’s under 23 side on his return from injury, writes Alex Smith.

Serbian Lovren is battling to prove his fitness ahead of a weekend clash with Manchester City.

The centre back has been struggling with a niggling foot injury – and has not starred in the first team since January 31.

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