Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann believes that a £70m is not too much for Liverpool to pay to bring Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield.
The Reds were said to have had a £57million offer turned down by Keita’s club RB Leipzig on Thursday evening as they hunt down their top transfer target this summer.
However, Klopp is willing to break the bank to sign the player and could lodge another improved offer.
“He’s a class player,” Hamann told Sky Sports. “He links up very, very well. He can play the holding role and the role a bit further forward, which I think is his better position.
“Last season he scored goals and set goals up. He’s a very capable player.
“Is £70m too much? If it’s market value, I think we’ve got to get away from people saying a player isn’t worth it, that’s what the prices are like now and that’s it.”
AIPS media journalist Chris Williams reckons Liverpool may be able to break the Bundesliga side’s resolve if they do put forward an even bigger bid, according to a report in the Daily Express.
He also outlined that Keita is desperate to move to Anfield, saying on Twitter: “Keita is desperate to move Liverpool but RB Leipzig will not move on their “not for sale” stance.
“RB Leipzig may deal at an improved figure. Balance in favour of a LFC move has tipped.”
He added: “It could be a “formality” now that Keita moves to Liverpool during this window according to some within the German club.”
Keita made 31 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig last season, scoring eights goals and currently contracted to the club until 2020.