Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been discussing Naby Keita’s future transfer and the manner in which we persuaded him to sign.
The Guinean, one of the best players in the Bundesliga, is joining in 2018 for a fee of roughly £55m, with Liverpool deciding to pay a premium on top of his £48m release clause to avoid competitions for his services next summer.
According to Klopp, Keita wasn’t interested in whether Liverpool will be in the Champions League or not (obviously, we can’t 100% confirm our participation next season), but just wanted to join the club.
And the Reds boss told the Echo: “All the players we were allowed to speak to were really positive. It was very clear the image has changed a little bit.
“Last year it was already very good but now we can say we are in the Champions League, but it didn’t feel it was about this, it is more about the project.
“For example, Naby has no idea if we play Champions League next year because in England it is always difficult (to qualify).
“He did not ask one second about this. He wanted to be part of the club.
“With Ox it was quite similar. He wants to develop and with all his talent and skills he has space to develop.”
Keita bagged a world-class goal last night for his club in a 2-0 victory over HSV, but sadly limped off injured before full-time.
We really hope he’s fit soon and doesn’t miss too many games; just because it’s so exciting watching him from afar!