The 22-year-old has emerged as Jurgen Klopp's number one target, though the Reds have had two club-record bids of £57 million and £66m both rejected out of hand.
Liverpool have accepted RB Leipzig's unwillingness to sell Naby Keita and will wait until next summer to return for him, sources have told ESPN FC.
He is quoted as saying: "Then we'll make a €300m [£268m] offer for Keita!"
Now Keita faces another season in the Bundesliga with head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl underlining that he was going nowhere, commenting after the game that "The chance [of Keïta leaving] is null", reports the Observer.
Hasenhuttl believes Keita will benefit from another season of development with Leipzig, with the experience of making his Champions League debut a crucial part of his development.More news: Jon Jones Reclaims UFC Belt With Third-Round TKO Of Daniel Cormier
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"At the beginning of the transfer period we said we would start with the same team and of the main players we had past year no-one will go".
Keita was one of the team's top players as Leipzig stunned the Bundesliga by finishing second behind Bayern Munich, qualifying for the Champion League for the first time.
The only way a transfer could still happen prior to the end of August would be if Leipzig performed a U-turn and decided they do not wish to keep an unhappy player.
Hasenhuttl refused to confirm the existence of the clause and warned the Reds they "will not be the only one" club interested in bringing Keita in next summer.
Asked whether Keita has been affected by the speculation linking him with a summer move to Liverpool, he added: "He is even more focused on us and has more fun now than past year".
"It's normal when you play such a famous season that other clubs are watching us and you get interest", he said.