Liverpool have been trying to sign Naby Keita from Leipzig for a long time and Klopp must now look for an alternative.
In less than a month, the new season will begin and the German boss needs to sign key players as soon as possible to give them time to settle before the PL kicks off.
In such a scenario, the former Borussia Dortmund manager must forget about signing Keita and in my opinion, Liverpool have to secure the signing of Croatian international and Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
In the last campaign, Zidane preferred the likes of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro in his midfielder and therefore, Mateo had to warm the bench more often than not. He only started 19 league games, scored 1 goal and provided 3 assists.
The 23-year-old former Inter Milan star is a complete midfielder, who is more versatile than Keita. Not to forget, the Guinean international has only impressed in one season of top flight football whereas, the Croatian international was a star in the Serie A before joining Madrid.
Kovacic can play as a creative central midfielder, an attacking midfielder and also as a holding midfielder. The Reds have lacked a top DM in their team and Kovacic can play that role effectively unlike Keita, who is more of an attack minded midfielder.
Mateo needs to play regular first team football next season to earn a place in the national side for the next year’s World Cup. Liverpool can and must solve that dilemma for him.
Keita is rated around 70 million pounds (BBC). On the other hand, Kovacic’s contract (expires 2021) has got a release clause (Mirror) of just 21.8 million pounds and Liverpool have to splash that sum to agree his signing.