Naby Keita will not be allowed to ditch Leipzig for Liverpool in January, regardless of progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League, according to Leipziger Volkszeitung.
It was announced during the summer that Liverpool had met Keita’s release clause and the Guinean midfielder would move to Anfield at the end of the 2017/18 season.
However, recent speculation suggested that die Roten Bullen could be persuaded into letting Keita leave the club during the winter transfer window.
Naby Keita faces a €100k fine from German prosecutors after submitting a fake Guniean driving license in order to receive an EU equivalent
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Leipzig have won just one Champions League game this season, with defeats to FC Porto and Besiktas making progression to the knockout stages a difficult task this year.
Following their impressive maiden season in the Bundesliga, in which RB Leipzig finished ahead of Borussia Dortmund, the Red Bulls will be desperate to make sure their Champions League status continues next season.