Liverpool could sign Naby Keita in January by paying £13m

Liverpool could sign Naby Keita in January by paying £13m

However, since the deal with Liverpool came to fruition, many have criticised the star's performances with Bild reporting that the player has been ostracised by his teammates.

The move has already set Liverpool back £48 million after the Reds triggered Keita's release clause, last summer and to land him six months early could cost somewhere in the region of another £35 million.

But after the match, Rangnick insisted Keita has not informed them of a desire to leave.

"Neither the player has told us that he wants to change, nor is there an offer from Liverpool", Rangnick told Sky.

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

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

More than anything else, bringing the Keita deal forward would appease fans anxious allowing Coutinho to leave halfway through the season could disrupt the quest for a top-four spot and progression deep into the Champions League.

However, after Hanover striker Niclas Fuellkrug made it 2-1 with a header towards the end of the first half, De Jong brought down midfielder Felix Klaus in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.

Mario Gomez celebrated his return to Stuttgart with a hand in the side's late goal to beat visiting Hertha Berlin 1-0.

The defeat leaves Mainz 15th in the table, just a point above the bottom three, while Hanover climb to 10th. He will play with us until the end of the season.

The result leaves Stuttgart 12th, one place below Hertha, who hit the post through Austria worldwide Valentino Lazaro in the first half.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen were held to 1-1 draws at home by Freiburg and Hoffenheim, respectively.