Naby Keita will officially be unveiled as a Liverpool player this Sunday after his €50 million move from RB Leipzig – how will he fit in Klopp’s team?
Liverpool confirmed they would be signing Keita 11 months ago, but have had to wait until now to utilise his services. The bizarre deal struck with German side RB Leipzig stipulated that he stay in the Bundesliga one more year before completing his move.
The Guinean international midfielder spent two successful years in Germany, scoring 14 goals in 58 appearances for Leipzig as they appeared in the Champions League last year for the first time in the clubs history.
Red’s boss Jurgen Klopp spoke to the Liverpool Echo regarding his delight over signing the 23-year-old: “I have contact to a lot of people in the Bundesliga, as you can imagine, and I have never had so many congratulations messages as I had after signing Naby!”
“He’s the player of the league, that’s how it is. Last year, together with Thiago Alcantara who played an outstanding season for Bayern, he was the flier.”
“He’s been doing this for two or three years, with different clubs in different leagues, but he’s still a young boy. It’s really good news. OK, we have to wait but sometimes we have to wait for a really good thing.”Embed from Getty Images
A box to box midfielder likened to Chelsea’s N’golo Kante, Keita will bring a tireless work rate and fantastic technical ability to Liverpool’s team. He is very quick, aggressive and an accomplished dribbler with an exceptional passing range.
The Guinea star should slot into Liverpool’s midfield 3 perfectly alongside either Wijnaldum or Milner, adding a dynamic new dimension to Klopp’s outfit.
The Red’s boss will certainly have plenty of options next season, as Keita is one of 2 new signings in the middle of the park, following Fabinho’s arrival from Monaco at the start of the month.
His former boss at Leipzig, Ralph Hasenhuttl shared his thoughts with the Echo on Keita and what he can offer, saying: “The lad’s just that good. He’s a pro through and through, he lives and breathes football.”
“if there’s one player I don’t have any fear that he can make it at every club in the world, then that’s Naby.”
Liverpool finished 4th in the Premier League last season and reached the Champions League final after a superb run in the competition, losing to Real Madrid 3-1 in the Kiev showpiece. They clearly made great strides forward as a team and look set for a title challenge next season, particularly with a player as good as Naby Keita now part of their ranks.