RB Leipzig have no intention of allowed Naby Keita to join Liverpool early, according to the club’s sporting director.
Naby Keita has agreed to move to Anfield on July 1, 2018, but reports have claimed the Reds could bring that forward it they pay the Bundesliga club a premium.
However, speaking to Leipziger Volkszeitung, Ralf Rangnick refuted such claims.
“Even if we should not reach the knockout stages of Champions League, it would make no sense to allow Naby to join Liverpool earlier,” he said.
“We want to qualify for Europe again and we need Naby for that.”
Leipzig, currently second in the Bundesliga, remain in contention to finish second in their Champions League group, with two games left to make up a two-point deficit on second-placed Porto, who hold the head-to-head advantage over the German club.
Keita, who rose to prominence last season after joining Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg, would not be eligible to play for Liverpool in the Champions League if he were to make a January switch.