Liverpool may return for Keita swoop next year

After seeing successive bids rejected for the 22-year-old Guinea international, Liverpool do not intend to increase their last offer of £66 million.

Instead – unless there is major u-turn from the Bundesliga side and willingness to re-open negotiations – Liverpool will return in 12 months time by which time Keita’s exit clause of £48 million will change the landscape.

Leipzig have never shifted position since Liverpool made their official moves for the player, with respective bids of £57 million and £66 million. Jurgen Klopp would have broken a club transfer record by £30 million had the last offer been accepted, but the rebuttal of such a staggering sum underlined the Germans were not bluffing with the public statements insisting there would be no sale.

The Keita stalemate will be a source of frustration for Klopp and present him with a dilemma. He has made it clear he does not want to compromise the quality of his targets and Keita was the man he wanted most to improve his midfield options.

If Klopp is to pursue an alternative – albeit reluctantly – he will want to make moves sooner rather than later as the Champions League qualifier is just three weeks away.

Klopp will be confident of winning the race for Keita eventually for a lot less than on offer now. The player has said nothing since Liverpool’s offers were made public, but the Merseysiders will feel in pole position should the midfielder decide to leave after another year at Leipzig.

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Liverpool may return for Keita swoop next year

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Liverpool announce signing of Andy Robertson

Robertson joins the Reds for a fee believed to be around £10million, becoming their third signing of the summer.

The Scotland left-back will provide competition for James Milner.

Robertson said: “It feels a wee bit surreal just now. Obviously I’m delighted. There’s been a lot of speculation over the last couple of weeks but I’m glad that the deal’s finally been done and I’m a Liverpool player.

“My family are proud of what I’ve achieved so far and they’re all over the moon with the move, as well as me of course. We’re all just looking forward to being part of the Liverpool family now.

“There’s not many, if any, more special clubs than Liverpool. When you grow up as a kid you dream of playing with big clubs such as Liverpool and to make that a reality is a dream come true for me.

“I just want to prove to people that I can do it at this level, and hopefully I manage to do that this season and go on to do good things for this club.”

The 23-year-old will wear the No.26 shirt for Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Robertson and is confident there is much more to come from the defender.

“For Andrew this is another big step on what has been a quite incredible personal journey in a very short space of time,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I love his story; where he has come from professionally to reach this point.

“When you speak to him it is clear why he makes his progress. He has a burning love for playing football – he really loves the game.

“His attitude is outstanding – absolutely outstanding. His talent and skills – also very, very good.

“He has experience of this competition, the Premier League, and he has the mentality and quality to get even better.

“I know our environment will benefit him and help him push himself even more than he has already. This is a player who does not limit his ambition, I think.”

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The 23-year-old joins on what the Reds describe as a “long-term contract” for an initial fee of £8m plus add-ons.

“It feels a bit surreal but I'm delighted. There are not more special clubs than Liverpool,” he said.

The defender joined Hull from Dundee United for £2.85m in 2014 and made 39 appearances last season as the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League.

He added: “When you grow up as a kid you dream of playing with big clubs such as Liverpool and to make that a reality is a dream come true for me.

“I just want to prove to people that I can do it at this level, and hopefully I manage to do that this season and do good things for this club.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp added: “For Andrew, this is another big step on what has been a quite incredible personal journey in a very short space of time.

“I know our environment will benefit him and help him push himself even more than he has already. This is a player who does not limit his ambition.”

United will receive about £600,000 from the deal – paid over the next two or three years – as a sell-on clause for a player they signed from amateur club Queen's Park in 2013.

Robertson is Liverpool's third summer signing following the arrival of Roma winger Mohamed Salah and Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke.

Eight other Premier League sides, as well as PSV Eindhoven and Sporting Lisbon, were reportedly interested in the left-back.

Having played as an amateur in Scottish's fourth tier as recently as 2013, a move to Liverpool tops a rapid rise for Robertson.

Within nine months of moving from Queen's Park in Scottish League Two to Premiership side Dundee United, Robertson made his Scotland debut as a 19-year-old.

He was voted PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year in his only season at Tannadice – scoring five goals in 44 games – before moving to Hull.

Robertson became a regular for the Tigers – making 115 appearances in three seasons. He has twice suffered relegation from the Premier League, but also won promotion via the play-offs in 2016.

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Liverpool sign Andy Robertson from Hull City

Robertson seals Reds move

The two clubs settled on a £10m fee for the Scotland left-back earlier this week, and Robertson has since passed a medical and agreed personal terms.

The 23-year-old leaves Hull after three seasons and is Liverpool's third summer signing after deals for Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah.

He told the Liverpool website: “It feels a wee bit surreal just now. Obviously I'm delighted. There's been a lot of speculation over the last couple of weeks but I'm glad that the deal's finally been done and I'm a Liverpool player.

“My family are proud of what I've achieved so far and they're all over the moon with the move, as well as me of course. We're all just looking forward to being part of the Liverpool family now.

“There's not many, if any, more special clubs than Liverpool. When you grow up as a kid you dream of playing with big clubs such as Liverpool and to make that a reality is a dream come true for me.

“I just want to prove to people that I can do it at this level, and hopefully I manage to do that this season and go on to do good things for this club.”

Hull have signed Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart, meanwhile, in a transfer which is not part of the deal to take Robertson to Anfield.

The fee for Stewart could eventually rise to £7.5m, and he told the Hull website: “I'm delighted to sign for the club, I can't wait to get started and get my boots on. It's an exciting move for me and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Stewart, 23, has signed a three-year contract three years after arriving at Anfield from Tottenham.

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Robertson seals Reds move

Latest on LFC’s pursuit of Naby Keita

The £66 million offer for the Guinea international was submitted by the Merseysiders on Monday, and was rejected with the same message that accompanied their opening bid – the dynamic midfielder is not for sale at any price.

The Reds had been encouraged enough to table a second proposal, but Ralf Rangnick’s hardline approach is the Bundesliga club’s de facto stance.

The sporting director’s position was echoed by their owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who told German publication Bild there is “no way” Keita will be allowed to leave during this window. This has been communicated to the 22-year-old, who has been advised to abandon his desire to move to Anfield for now.

Liverpool, however, have yet to give up on a priority target for Jurgen Klopp, having been patient in their pursuit thus far.

It was always known that Leipzig would be difficult to do business with due to their financial might as well as their great ambition and that even breaking the record for a transfer in Germany’s top flight would only possibly tempt, not force them into a sale.

The offer tendered this week matched the Bundesliga benchmark of €75m, which is the fee Manchester City paid Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

On Tuesday, after Liverpool again formally registered their determination to land Keita and were met with another firm ‘no’, Klopp said: “everything is open until August 31” when asked about transfers during the club's pre-season tour in Hong Kong.

The 50-year-old has been reluctant to deviate from his first-choice options saying: “We want to have the right things and not just do something.” However, he admitted that moving on to alternatives “is more likely than doing nothing” in the window.

Hull City left-back Andy Robertson, meanwhile, will have his medical on Thursday ahead of an initial £8m switch to Liverpool.

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Latest on LFC’s pursuit of Naby Keita

Liverpool plot audacious raid for Bayern star

Bild reckon that the Reds are in the market for the World Cup winner, alongside Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal plus Italian champions Juventus.

The article acknowledges that interest in the Bavarian outfit's most prized asset has inevitably always been strong among among Europe's top clubs given his stellar standing within the game, but neither player or club had ever been interested in a sale but his situation could now have changed following the arrival of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

The expensive acquisition of the Colombian World Cup star on a two-year loan has prompted Bild to speculate that something might now have changed in Bayern's willingness to negotiate, and they reckon that Jurgen Klopp has told Reds insiders that he would love to have Muller at Anfield.

The 27-year-old is contracted until 2021 and publicly at least Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is sticking to the party line.

He said: “Thomas is still unsaleable because he fits perfectly with FC Bayern. There is no discussion about this.

“But Thomas as well as we are in agreement with the last season's assessment: it was not a good one. But that is not a problem either. Thomas also knows that he has to bring a bit more.”

Liverpool could face Muller close up on Tuesday, August 1 as they play Bayern at their Allianz Arena home in the Audi Cup.

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Liverpool plot audacious raid for Bayern star

RB Leipzig turn down new Liverpool offer for Naby Keita

The Guinea international is Jurgen Klopp's top target and there is confidence at Anfield that he is enchanted by the prospect of a move to the five-time European Cup winners.

RB Leipzig have however repeatedly insisted that they do not want to sell their star player. Last week, Liverpool had a £57.3m bid rejected for Keita, before Leipzig received an improved offer of £66m.

But that offer was also rejected by the Bundesliga club, with the co-founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, saying that there was “no way” Leipzig would have taken the money.

“We want to improve and consolidate the club,” he said in an interview with German publication Sport1. “We do not sell any players who are still under contract just to make a lot of money.”

This is far from Leipzig’s first attempt to ward off Liverpool’s interest in the 22-year-old midfielder.

Only last week, RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasnhuttl insisted that both Keita and Arsenal target Emil Forsberg ‘feel great’ at the club and are “looking forward to the new season” in Germany.

“You can see that they feel great here and are looking forward to the new season,” Hasenhuttl told German magazine Kicker. “They know very well what they have here.

“It's a huge compliment for us that we awoke such desires, but it's not the general idea of our path to allow players a transfer following the first available offer.

“Our goal is to become a big and established club, and what we did this summer is a substantial step towards it.”

While Liverpool are ready to break their transfer record for the player, Leipzig are desperate to see the player renew his contract in the autumn.

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