Liverpool told no clubs will want to sign ‘flop’ and ‘waste’ of talent in January transfer window

Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita

Liverpool have been told that they will be extremely lucky to receive any fee for a midfielder in January who can leave for nothing next summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s engine room is in need of a revamp, with the Reds boss expected to address the situation in January and potentially next summer too as he also deals with likely exits.

Naby Keita is one such player who appears certain to move on after failing to shine on Merseyside.

A mixture of injury issues and the player not showing the form that prompted the Reds to splash out £50million for signature back in 2018 has led to him falling out of favour at Anfield.

Indeed, the Reds have pulled the plug on any new deal talks. That means Keita can speak to any clubs outside of England to discuss a pre-contract deal in January ahead of a free transfer summer exit.

There is also the possibility the 27-year-old could get sold in the new year. However, former Hibernian strike Tam McManus cannot see that scenario unfolding.

McManus feels the midfielder has been a huge Liverpool disappointment and that recouping a fee for him will be tough.

Keita not given Liverpool any value

He told Football Insider: “He has never been a regular, he was a big-money signing, people forget.

“I’m just looking here, it was nearly £50million. That’s a big outlay from Liverpool. He has not been a success.

“He looked very, very good at Leipzig but he has struggled to get into that Liverpool midfield, a midfield that has taken a lot of criticism this season.

“There are talented players in there but there aren’t any legs. He has been a bit of a flop, to be honest. Liverpool will hope to recoup some of that outlay but he’s, what, 27?

“He might still have a big move in him but Liverpool aren’t really in control of that with him out of contract soon. It’s such a waste.

“I don’t think anyone will want him in January.”

While a January exit does look unlikely, there is reported interest from Italy in Keita and fellow Reds star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan are looking at the duo as potential new arrivals in the summer.

While neither player has plied his trade in Italy before, it appears Milan are ready to take a gamble on two free transfers.

Liverpool are not back in action until December 22 when they head to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

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