The 22-year-old’s transfer fee will be pose no issues for the Reds, but he has several offers and his club are eager not to be forced into a sale
Jurgen Klopp believes the Guinea international is an elite player – among the best in the world in the centre of the park – and as such, an asking price in the region of £50 million would not deter the Reds.
Nor would they flinch at meeting the 22-year-old’s personal demands given his status as a priority target, which Goal first revealed.
Talks between Liverpool and Keita’s camp have been very positive, but the Merseysiders are aware several other weighty enquiries have been fielded for the dynamic, versatile star.
There is cautious optimism over convincing the No.6, who is equally adept at operating in a box-to-role role or as a playmaker, to choose Anfield as his preferred destination, with Sadio Mane’s dazzling debut season under Klopp a helpful element.
Keita shares the same agency as the Senegal international, who has thrived on the pitch for Liverpool and has been helped by the club off it.
The Reds assisted their Player of the Season in hiring a personal chef when he made the £30m switch from Southampton last summer and arranged a special prayer room for him at Melwood.