Naby Keita Gets Lucky With Long Distance Effort Against Schalke

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita did not celebrate after scoring the opening goal in Saturday's Bundesliga clash against Schalke which suggests his Liverpool switch could be imminent.

But Rangnick says neither Keita - who scored and starred in Leipzig's 3-1 defeat of Schalke on Sunday (AEDT) - nor Liverpool have made any such requests.

Rangnick told Sky Germany: "Neither the player has told us that he wants to change, nor is there an offer from Liverpool". "Neither the player nor Liverpool have contacted us in this regard".

"My understanding is there is nothing to say", he replied when asked whether Keita could join early.


Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann saved a penalty from Jean-Kevin Augustin but there was little he could do to stop Keita's effort from distance after it took a decisive deflection from defender Naldo about five minutes before the break.

Will we see the Guinean touch down in the Premier League before the end of the month, though?

The Reds are now in fourth place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification for the second season running under Jurgen Klopp.

Keita was booked in the second half, his fifth yellow card of the season ensuring he'll be suspended for the following game.


His new club claimed early goals by Japan striker Yoshinori Muto and Alexander Hack.

With time running out, former Bayern forward Gomez was brought down in the area by Hertha's Niklas Stark.

But Theodor Gebre Selassie pulled Bremen level just past the hour mark, leaving Hoffenheim in eighth place on 27 points.


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