Liverpool plan to break club-record for Bundesliga midfielder

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Liverpool are ready to test RB Leipzig’s resolve this summer with a potential club-record bid to sign Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, The Mirror reports. The 22-year-old excelled during his first season in the Bundesliga last term netting eight goals and contributing a further seven for Leipzig, who finished second in the league standings.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp recently shattered the club’s transfer record to bring Mohamed Salah from AS Roma on a £36.9m deal, and the Merseyside club are set to extend their spending spree with a move for Keita.

Keita remains the prime target to reinforce the Reds midfield in the summer, and Klopp is set to step up the player’s pursuit despite Leipzig executive Oliver Mintzlaff claiming that they would be irresponsible to sell ahead of their maiden Champions League outing.

The Guinea international has already earned comparisons with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, and he could potentially prove a huge buy for Klopp, should the Reds find a breakthrough in negotiations.

Emre Can has yet to extend his contract with the Reds this summer, and the Germany international could be leaving in a year’s time for nothing, should he refuse to drop his hefty wage demands.