RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has claimed that many top Premier League clubs were after him in the summer. The 21-year-old Guinea star had spent a couple of seasons at RB Salzburg and was widely tipped to make a move to one of the bigger teams in the Premier League but the midfielder decided to move to Germany.
Speaking with SportNet, the midfielder also revealed why he did not move to a big club at the moment.
“Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton were all interested in signing me and Liverpool as well, although I did not speak with their coach.
“I did not want to join a big Champions League club right away. It is too early for that. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga first now.”
The 21-year-old does have a winning pedigree, as he did pick up a couple of Austrian Bundesliga titles with Salzburg and he could have been a great signing for the Reds as well.
Keita could have followed the same route as Sadio Mane, who also spent time at Salzburg before moving to the Premier League with Southampton. The Guinea player has had a great start to his Bundesliga career, though, having scored three goals in just six games and has helped his side to move up to second in the table behind Bayern Munich.
Liverpool’s need for a midfielder?
While Keita might be a good option to have in the side for the season, Liverpool are blessed with a lot of quality in the heart of midfield. The current trio of Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are doing extremely well for the side and cannot be replaced by anyone else in the team.
The Reds also have the likes of Marko Grujic, Emre Can and Kevin Stewart waiting in the wings. The trio has done exceptionally well in the EFL Cup game against Tottenham and will be looking to break into the starting XI with regularity.
Keita would have probably been a squad player as he can star in an attacking role but his preferred position is that of a defensive midfielder, something that Liverpool are not blessed with. The Reds could think about signing the talented youngster next season, after paying attention to how he plays for a bigger side in a bigger league.
If the Reds do make it to the Champions League they will need quality in all departments. Keita is not the complete package yet but given the start he has had this season; big things are expected from the 21-year-old. Liverpool will do well to track him and hopefully be the first ones to move for the midfielder, should that be required.
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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