Since the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and the subsequent £142 million windfall, reports have circulated claiming that RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita will arrive at Liverpool this month rather than the agreed upon summer departure from the Bundesliga outfit.

The Reds struck a deal for the Guinean midfielder last summer, with the deal stating that Keita would arrive at Anfield in the summer of 2018.

However, with the Merseyside club now even more flush with cash following the Coutinho sale, it is believed a portion of that money could be used to bring forward Keita's move in order to allow Jurgen Klopp's men to more strongly challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League (Keita is cup tied for the Champions League).

The move has already set Liverpool back £48 million after the Reds triggered Keita's release clause, last summer and to land him six months early could cost somewhere in the region of another £35 million.

And, with the help of a rather large deflection, Keita has once again been showing what he offers, during Leipzig's Bundesliga clash with Schalke, this afternoon.

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.

A few people even identified Keita's lack of celebration as a clear hint that the Guinean is leaving for Anfield early and that the goal could be his last in a Leipzig shirt, although the fact the goal took a massive deflection may have had something to do with the midfielder not celebrating as much as usual.

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

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Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.

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