Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the prospect of Naby Keita joining Liverpool early in January.
Liverpool completed a deal to sign Keita next summer in July, agreeing a club-record fee and paying a premium on top to secure the midfielder’s signature.
But some suggest that Liverpool might be able to tempt RB Leipzig into selling the player early, the club having dropped down into the Europa League from the Champions League.
Klopp has dismissed those ideas.
“No. He is a player of Leipzig,” he said when asked whether Keita could join in January.
“How do we deal with this? I thought we don’t speak about transfers.
“There is an agreement with the club that he will come in June or July to Liverpool. There is nothing else to say about that.
“We really don’t think about it because of all the things Leipzig have said. They said they do not have to sell any player [early]. Why should they do something like that?
“So no, we don’t think about it.”