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Klopp confirms Keita is not safe at Liverpool for this season

By Charles Cornwall

Klopp confirms Keita is not safe at Liverpool for this season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not be certain that Naby Keita will remain at Liverpool this season.

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The Reds boss spoke to Sky Sports ahead of the new Premier League season, which Liverpool have started with two draws: “If nobody wants to leave, we are finished. Or if a serious injury comes along. I don't expect it. But Liverpool fans can start to focus on other things.” Asked if any players like Keita could leave before the deadline day of 1 September, Klopp added: "Have I ever spoken in situations like this about it? You get the results, not the process!".

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Following Thiago's injury during the 2-2 draw with Fulham on matchday one, the 31-year-old Spanish midfielder will be out for another five weeks with a serious hamstring problem, and Klopp was again sounded out about the possibility of signing some midfield reinforcements after the game.

Naby Keita

Before rumours of Naby Keita's unhappiness surfaced, it was rumoured that Liverpool could look to the transfer market for a new midfielder. Klopp has not played down the injuries and absences, but neither has he been 100 per cent definite on whether another player will arrive in the squad during this transfer window.

"I know what will come up now, that's clear. We said we didn't need a midfielder because we have enough, and in fact we do. But the problem now is that we get punished for something that is not really our responsibility because things like that can happen," the German coach said after the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

If Keita leaves, that will probably leave the German tactician in need of a replacement. For now what we know for sure is that the player is in negotiations for a new contract and has not been able to come to an agreement with the board, while his contract is due to expire in 2023.