Lazio respond to talk they are set to poach star Liverpool youngster

Date published: Monday 7th January 2019 6:53

Lazio have comprehensively refuted suggestions they have reached an agreement with Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye and say they are not in negotiations to sign the 19-year-old.

Nigeria-born Holland youth international Adekanye, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona in 2015, has been linked with Lazio in the last few days.

The Serie A club said in a statement on their official website on Monday: “In reference to the news released by some media, according to which SS Lazio have found an agreement with the player Bobby Adekanye, the club denies this and announces that it has not signed any contract, nor has it started negotiations for the aforementioned player.”

Adekanye has shone for Liverpool’s Under-19s and Under-23s but has not made a first-team appearance.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted that summer signing Naby Keita has not proved the player he expected to be – but is prepared to offer him time.

Keita started the season promisingly but a couple of niggling injuries set him back, however, Klopp is prepared to give him time to adapt.

“I spoke to Naby. Everything is fine. I am completely happy with Naby,” said the Reds boss.

“Could he be a bit more confident in the games? Yes. Is he exactly the player in his best time at Leipzig? No. He is still adapting, that’s how it is.”

 

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