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Liverpool move to extend Naby Keita contract as ‘strong interest’ in Guinea midfielder develops

Liverpool player Naby Keita

Liverpool have reportedly begun talks with Naby Keita over a new contract, as ‘strong interest’ in the player is coming from other teams.

Keita made 40 appearances for Liverpool in the recently concluded season, helping them to win the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. He aided his team by registering four goals and three assists in all competitions. However, the Reds couldn’t quite win the Premier League or Champions League.

Keita, 27, is usually Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man when one of his first-choice midfield trio isn’t available. They are Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.

The Guinea international, who has won 48 caps so far, is under contract until June 2023.

According to a recent report from The Athletic, Liverpool officials want Keita to extend his spell at Anfield.

They are wary of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and believe fresh terms will help to prevent a bid from the Ligue 1 champions.

Football Insider provide an update on the state of play. They claim Liverpool have gotten to work on the extension by beginning talks with the midfielder and his agent.

Manager Klopp has reportedly given the green light for new terms to be put on the table. It is the perfect time for a contract to be sorted as Keita is about to enter the final 12 months of his current deal.

Naby Keita picks up ‘strong’ transfer interest

Football Insider state Liverpool want to ward off ‘strong interest’ from other clubs. However, they don’t reveal which teams like Keita, or if one of them is PSG.

Such a side could lure Keita away from Merseyside by giving him the chance to become a certain starter. That isn’t the case at Liverpool, even though Klopp likes the player.

Keita got less minutes than Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago during 2021-22. And this will likely be the case again next term.

But Keita did manage to start in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, showing Klopp trusts him.

The star has shown his class on occasion since joining Liverpool from RB Leipzig in July 2018. But he has never done this for a long stretch of games or for a full season, which is why he is still fourth in the pecking order.

Keita signing a new deal would be a big positive for Liverpool as it would signal continuity in Klopp’s squad. Fellow midfielder James Milner recently penned a contract to keep him at Anfield until next year.

Keita and Milner are both good options for Klopp to use in case his best midfielders pick up injuries. And they will feature often next season as Liverpool pursue more trophies.

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano reveals Liverpool have made a bid to sign Darwin Nunez from Benfica.