Excitement surrounding RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has primarily been fuelled by comparisons between himself and Chelsea sensation N’Golo Kante.
Midfield engine seemingly covers the basis of what Keita promises to offer yet his quality on the ball has also seen him standout in an incredible campaign for Leipzig, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga table in their first season since being promoted to Germany’s top flight.
£26million has emerged as Keita’s rumoured price-tag, which is by all means a fee Liverpool can match and one that seems low given the state of the current market.
“The £50 million-rated Southampton centre half is Jürgen Klopp’s first choice for defensive reinforcements, while the club also want to sign Naby Keita, the RB Leipzig midfielder,” reported Paul Joyce, of The Times.
“Liverpool took an important step towards Champions League football with last week’s victory over Stoke City and Fenway Sports Group, the owner, is prepared to sanction the biggest spending spree in the club’s history.”
Confirmation of interest in both Van Dijk and Keita himself marks Klopp’s clear intentions to bolster Liverpool’s spine having seen injuries to key central figures such as Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Adam Lallana disrupt his team’s form.
The feeling that this squad isn’t too far away from being capable of mounting a serious title challenge is what promises to justify a busy summer as Klopp looks to continue his long term project. Adding Keita’s athleticism and energy would undoubtedly grants the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane even more freedom than they already have and, in turn, promise plenty of goals.