However, developments over the past 24 hours appear to have changed things following Leipzig's sporting director Ralf Rangnick's controversial comments which saw him claim that a whole village in Guinea was demanding Keita joins Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp has been chasing Keita all summer after identifying him as one of his prime targets but Liverpool have found it hard to get a fee agreed with a stubborn Leipzig side.
Liverpool are now going to turn their attentions elsewhere, whilst also looking at their other big targets including Virgil van Dijk.
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"The chance (of Keita leaving) is "null".
Leipzig's stance has always been not to sell Keita, even in the face of offers that hit £57m and £67m, and the Champions League club have shown no inclination to soften.
The 22-year-old has become a hot property since scoring eight goals in 31 appearances last season to help Leipzig qualify for the Champions League.
The same report claims that Liverpool have already had two bids for the midfielder rejected by the Bundesliga side as the Reds look to strengthen their squad ahead of next season.
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"I said for all the players it is very important to stay together as it's the first time we play Champions League and that is a new situation for every one of us".
"For us, everyone can see how important Naby Keita is for our game". He is more focused on us and has more fun now than a year ago. "We will learn this year again very much, I think".
And Hasenhuttl has warned Liverpool that they could miss out on Keita if, as expected, they launch another bid to sign him next summer.
"I don't tell you about the details of his contract".
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Liverpool will now be hoping Keita does everything in his power to force a move to the Kop.