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Report: Liverpool could still sell 26-year-old this week after u-turn, he's started their first two games

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Naby Keita could still leave Liverpool in the next week, according to ESPN.

Future still in doubt

Keita has started both of Liverpool’s two opening Premier League games, and it was reported earlier this summer that the Reds had opted to keep him in the Athletic.

However, it appears that Jurgen Klopp’s side may have done a u-turn – with ESPN saying he is among a number of players who Liverpool are now prepared to listen to offers for.

That would be a surprise, given that Keita has made a fine start to the Premier League campaign, and shone on pre-season.

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But if Liverpool were able to bring in a central midfielder, Keita’s importance to Klopp’s team may dip somewhat.

Keita has proven to be unreliable due to his fitness problems, and he now only has two years left on his contract, meaning this summer may be the only one where Liverpool could receive good funds, unless he signs a new deal.

It must be questioned whether any side would pay Liverpool’s asking price for Keita, which will surely still remain high, given his level of ability.

But ESPN do claim that his future isn’t entirely certain, as deadline day draws closer.

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Others also in trouble

The same report says that Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the other players who Liverpool could opt to cash in on before the end of the month.

Liverpool have been quiet in the transfer window so far, with only Ibrahima Konate coming in.

But there is some hope that they could yet launch a bid for a last minute signing, as they did with Diogo Jota last year.

And it will be interesting to see whether Klopp’s side make further sales to try and help fund their potential recruitment drive ahead of deadline day.

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