Liverpool have bid rejected for Naby Keita

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were dealt a transfer blow today when their £66 million bid for midfielder Naby Keita was rejected by Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig.

However, Leipzig have no interest in selling any of their key players ahead of a first season of Champions League football.

Liverpool's only major signing so far this summer is Mohamed Salah, who arrived from Roma for around £39million.

"Lately we got a €75 million offer for Naby Keïta".

He gave a typically humourous response when asked during a press conference in Hong Kong that followed a 2-0 Premier League Asia Trophy victory over Crystal Palace if Liverpool were prepared to increase their bid for a second time.

The Bundesliga side are adamant that they won't cash in on the 22-year-old despite paying just over £10m for him last summer.

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Liverpool also believe that Keita wants to leave Leipzig for Anfield.

"To sell him would not only be a mistrust proof for our fans, but also a wrong sign for our other players, such as Timo Werner, who is also in demand. There's nothing that will make us budge". Keita along with van Dijk have been Liverpool's main priorities this summer but Liverpool have been rebuffed by any approach for the highly coveted players.

The Guinea global is therefore set to make his Champions League debut with Leipzig in September, and he has already made plans to invite his dad, Sekou Keita, to the Zentralstadion for the match.

Though Mateschitz did not explicitly say the offer came from Liverpool, it is widely expected the Reds made the bid.

Still in Germany and the Daily Mirror reports that Hoffenheim frontman Andrej Kramaric is also being pursued by Jurgen Klopp.

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