Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s importance to Jurgen Klopp‘s plans for Liverpool directly influenced their failed pursuit of a January deal for Naby Keita.

Keita is already set to join the Reds for £55 million on July 1, and has scored eight goals and assisted six in 33 games for Leipzig this season.

But with Klopp looking to push forward midway through the campaign, and in the wake of Philippe Coutinho‘s move to Barcelona, he was eager to sign the Guinean early.

This ultimately fell through, and Liverpool have made considerable progress without him, with one foot in the Champions League semi-finals and a top-four Premier League finish likely.

However, while Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick insisted they “wouldn’t allow” Keita to leave early, it transpires that they were open to negotiations.

According to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, Leipzig “suggested that a deal involving Alexander-Arnold would be one solution to smoothing Keita’s early arrival.”

It is unclear whether this was with a view to taking the young right-back on loan or as part of a permanent switch, but it was likely the former.

But despite Keita’s standing as one of the most influential young midfielders in Europe, Liverpool rejected any possibility of Alexander-Arnold leaving Merseyside.

This development, as Joyce suggests, “speaks volumes for a player who is destined to go places.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexander-Arnold made his 36 first-team appearance in Wednesday night’s 3-0…

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