Liverpool are likely to revisit their interest in Naby Keita next summer after admitting defeat in their current chase.
The Reds identified Keita as their priority signing in midfield, with Jurgen Klopp refusing to source any alternatives.
They have had two bids rejected for the Guinea international, thought to be worth £57million and £66m.
RB Leipzig are holding firm in their stance over the player, with the Bundesliga club preparing for their first ever season in the Champions League.
But sporting director Ralf Rangnick admits that they will struggle to renegotiate Keita’s contract, which contains a release clause of £48m that becomes active in 12 months.
“I am not currently assuming that we will be able to extend his contract prematurely,” Rangnick told Sport Bild.
“I can assure you that Naby is playing with us this season. All other scenarios also depend on how we do this season, how Naby plays himself and so on.”