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Liverpool fans set to have all eyes on RB Leipzig today… as their performance in Bundesliga season finale could cost them an extra £11million to land Naby Keita

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Liverpool fans set to have all eyes on RB Leipzig today… as their performance in Bundesliga season finale could cost them an extra £11million to land Naby Keita

LIVERPOOL fans will want to keep all eyes on RB Leipzig today.

After all, their performance in their Bundesliga season finale could cost them an extra £11million to land Naby Keita.

Liverpool will be sweating about Naby Keita's transfer fee on SaturdayLiverpool will be sweating about Naby Keita’s transfer fee on SaturdayAP:Associated Press

Jurgen Klopp agreed to pay £48m for the Guinean star last summer, on the basis that he would join in July 2018.

However, that fee will rise to £52.75m if Leipzig get into the Europa League.

The transfer fee for Keita, 23, then becomes a whopping £59m if they qualify for the Champions League.

As things stand, going into the final game of the season, incredibly, all three scenarios are still possible.

Naby Keita could cost Liverpool £59m rather than £48m based on Bundesliga positionNaby Keita could cost Liverpool £59m rather than £48m based on Bundesliga positionAFP

BUNDESLIGA TABLE – AS THINGS STAND

The top four in the Bundesliga will gain Champions League qualification, while fifth and sixth go into the Europa League draw.

At present, Leipzig sit precariously positioned in sixth on 50 points from their 33 games – just one point above seventh, two above eighth and three above ninth.

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Results today therefore could see them spiral well down the league standings into mid-table mediocrity.

Conversely though, a win could see them go as high as fourth – should Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen lose.

RB Leipzig negotiated different fees for Naby Keita based on European berthRB Leipzig negotiated different fees for Naby Keita based on European berthEPA
Liverpool will still harbour concerns over Naby Keita's disciplineLiverpool will still harbour concerns over Naby Keita’s disciplineEPA

Should Leipzig hold up their end of the bargain and beat Hertha Berlin today in their 2.30pm kick-off, the most likely scenario would be a Europa League berth.

That would still force Liverpool into shelling out around £5m – with the Reds hopeful tenth-placed Hertha Berlin can spring a surprise.

Keita has been a key cog for Leipzig this season, turning out 38 times and scoring nine goals.

However, his disciplinary record will be a concern for Klopp and Co, as he has seen red FOUR times in 2017-18 in all competitions – including one for Guinea.

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