Liverpool have an agreement to sign Keita in the summer of 2018 but are looking to bring the move forward.

Jurgen Klopp wants the midfielder in now after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and is prepared to pay around £12m to bring him in this month.

Reports in Germany claimed yesterday’s game against Schalke could be Keita’s final match with suggestions a deal could be sorted today.

And Leipzig fans have said goodbye to their midfield maestro after he scored in the victory.

However Ralf Rangnick insisted, pre-match, that the situation was unchanged and he would remain at the club until the summer.

“[Naby Keita] wants to leave us in the summer,” he said. 

“He will play with us until the end of the season. He is starting today. There isn’t more to say.”

However talk has escalated that Keita could make the move to Liverpool this month.

On Friday Keita registered a company in the UK amid claims the deal would be complete by Sunday and he would wave goodbye to Leipzig fans this weekend.

A company under the name ‘NK8 LIMITED’ has been registered on the Companies House website. Two people are listed as officers – Naby Deco Keita and Bjorn Alexander Bezemer.

Bundesliga journalist Chris Williams then tweeted: “Information from within Leipzig this evening that Naby Keita will become a Liverpool player on Sunday.”

And Bundesliga expert Lee Price told Express Sport: “Leipzig face Schalke in the clash of the weekend in the Bundesliga. Win and they potentially go second, lose and there will be a five-point gap.

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“But it will be important for more than just the league table.

“Leipzig don’t play at home for another two weeks after this one and it’s likely what happens here could be a big indicator of Keita’s mindset.

“We saw Coutinho wave to all corners of Anfield days before he was sold to Barcelona and Keita could do the same.

“While the last few weeks have been difficult, it’s a club he holds in high regard and he wants to go out in good grace. He doesn’t want to be remembered with any bad feelings.”

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