RB Leipzig chief Rangnick: Keita must tell us he wants Liverpool move

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Reports in Germany claim the youngster will play his final game for last season's Bundesliga runners-up when they face Schalke on Saturday before completing his move to Liverpool on Sunday.

However, with the Merseyside club now even more flush with cash following the Coutinho sale, it is believed a portion of that money could be used to bring forward Keita's move in order to allow Jurgen Klopp's men to more strongly challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League (Keita is cup tied for the Champions League).

"When we had this conversation around Coutinho, I said the same".

After Leipzig's Jean-Kevin Augustin had a penalty saved by Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, Keita struck by rifling a shot home off his right boot on 41 minutes.

European's elite competition could be a vital factor in any possible deal though as RB Leipzig are fighting for qualification into the Champions League and may want to hold on to such a player.

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Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl made clear on Thursday that he was not wiling to negotiate, however, and Klopp respects the German club's stance. The 32-year-old Gomez's career began with Stuttgart youth sides before he helped the senior side win the Bundesliga in 2007. He will play with us until the end of the season.

Stuttgart climbed away from the relegation zone and was just four points behind Hertha in mid-table.

Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim played out a 1-1 draw as Czech global Theodor Gebre Selassie's second-half goal for hosts Bremen cancelled out Benjamin Huebner's first-half header.

Eintracht Frankfurt blew the chance to jump from ninth to third after French striker Sebastien Haller gave them a lead at home to Freiburg, who equalised through a header by defender Robin Koch in the second half in a 1-1 draw.