The Reds have an agreement in place with RB Leipzig for the midfielder to join in the summer.
Keita is also anxious to push through the move but RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: 'There is no reason to let him go now'.
However, Leipzig insist there is no chance of that deal being done this month.
Judging by his much-repeated hand gestures there was never a question over the fitness of the Brazilian's thumbs, so we were just waiting for Barca's man with the stethoscope to encourage Phil to cough and tap the playmaker's knees with a hammer before the Anfield bank balance was blessed with a £142million Bacs transfer.
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Meanwhile, on-loan has admitted that he is open to making his temporary stay at Wolfsburg permanent.
"It is our job to keep the wheels moving and momentum going". The signing of Virgil van Dijk is a statement, Mo Salah is a wonderful footballer.
I'll tell you one thing right off the bat: I really like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and I believe he has a hugely exciting career ahead of him.
While Sky Sports quoted the German club as saying: "Current situation is that nothing changed".
Barcelona ultimately rejected their attempts to loan Coutinho, who will be ineligible to play for his new club in this season's Champions League.
Naby Keita to Liverpool in January? "I am in Paris, even though I do not have enough playing time". "That is what makes us strong".