For some months now, the name of RB Leipzig’ Naby Keita has been linked with Liverpool. Seemingly a player who blew Jürgen Klopp away at RB Salzburg, the Reds stalled on a move and he instead moved to their ‘partner’ club in Germany. Having had a stellar season in the Bundesliga, announcing himself with a late winner against BVB Dortmund on Matchday 2, RBL show no signs of budging. With the money they have and the ambition of their project, it would take a personal strike from the player to get him to Anfield.
However, reports are flying around from the likes of The Daily Mirror that the Guinean is going to be moving of Liverpool after they put in an earth-shattering €70m bid for the midfielder. An energetic powerhouse with an eye for goal and assists, Keita stands as one of the most impressive players in Germany. At just 22, as well, he could be an investment for the Reds that will stand the test of time.
He’s dynamic, exciting, efficient and engaging. Everything about Keita stands him as the perfect Klopp player. The main question, though, is who he plays over. The likes of Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum have just enjoyed very impressive seasons, and it looks like Philippe Coutinho could be moving back into midfield. Does that really leave space for Naby Keita in the team? At a clear club record fee, it will be interesting to see who Klopp believes does not warrant a place on his new-look team.
The Germans are adamant that players like Keita and Emil Forsberg will not be sold, though. This rather interesting stand-off will be a direct challenge to their assertion that they have the means and the ability to compete with the best in Europe.
With reports already claiming that Forsberg has asked to leave, it could be the dam-buster that RBL do not need. If the Reds push forward with their aims for a deal, though, it will showcase both their intent and the overall, genuine ambitions RBL have.