6 Naby Keita alternatives who Liverpool could sign instead this summer
The Guinea international is Jurgen Klopp's top target, but Nemanja Grbic suggests half a dozen others who could fit the bill if the Reds are priced out
1. LEON GORETZKA (SCHALKE)
Goretzka is a dominant figure in the air and is also renowned for the excellent timing of his runs
2. JEAN MICHAEL SERI (NICE)
Seri might not be able to match Keita’s contribution in defence, but he certainly outshines him in terms of creativity
3. MATEO KOVACIC (REAL MADRID)
Kovacic is another player who has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield before. For the majority of teams across the continent, the Croatia international would be an automatic starter; Real Madrid, though, are not like most teams on the continent, and Kovacic has struggled to break into the starting XI since joining from Inter in 2015.
4. PIOTR ZIELI?SKI (NAPOLI)
A quick-thinking midfielder with an endless supply of fuel, Zielinski suits Klopp’s preferred player profile.
5. SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC (LAZIO)
Milinkovic-Savic is very different player to Keita, but his qualities could be just what Liverpool need to strengthen their midfield
6. RENATO SANCHES (BAYERN MUNICH)
UEFA’s 2016 Golden Boy winner endured an underwhelming debut season at Bayern Munich. The Portuguese youngster dazzled at Euro 2016 in France and made a significant contribution to Portugal's triumph, but life at the Allianz Arena proved much tougher.