The chances of Liverpool being able to bring forward Naby Keita's move to Anfield to January are slim, the ECHO understands.

The Guinean has been the subject of criticism from both his own manager and the German press in recent days as RB Leipzig slumped to a 2-0 Champions League defeat at Besiktas.

That leaves Leipzig bottom of their group with a double-header against Champions League stalwarts FC Porto on the horizon after the international break - leading to speculation the Reds could get their man six months earlier than anticipated.

Liverpool's summer long persuit of the highly-rated midfielder was spurned by Leipzig until a compromise was struck with the Reds securing his services from July 1, 2018.