Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Naby Keita will not be departing from Anfield before the end of the summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old midfielder is yet to play a minute of Premier League football this campaign, while he only featured for five minutes against Man City in the Community Shield at the end of July.
A recent report suggested that Keita was considering his future at Anfield, with the Guinea international midfielder open to the idea of moving teams before the end of the transfer window.
The Africna midfielder has entered the final year of his deal with the Merseyside Reds, however, Klopp has shut down claims that he could depart ahead of the deadline.
“And not replace him? No, that’s not possible, of course not. But it’s not the plan. We are not dumb that we think a player can go and we don’t replace him.
No, there’s no chance. So, Naby will not go but if he would – what he will not do – there must be a replacement, of course,” Klopp told reporters.
Liverpool have opened their 2022-23 Premier League campaign with back-to-back draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage and Anfield respectively.