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Leipzig Boss Hails Keïta Ahead of Summer Anfield Switch

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Ralf Rangnick had high praise for the soon-to-be-Liverpool winger.

Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images

After plenty of doom and gloom from the Anfield crowd after Liverpool’s disappointing loss to Spurs at the weekend, how about a bit of optimism?

Liverpool conducted some of their best transfer business of the summer when they managed to secure signature of RB Leipzig’s rising star Naby Keïta for £48 million. Unfortunately, the deal was struck for summer 2018, and now the anticipation is building in preparation for his eventual Anfield move.

Recently, RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick came out with some extremely kind words for the 22-year-old, expressing both appreciation for his skill and sadness to seeing him leave.

“He's one of the best I've worked with in 20 years of professional football,” Rangnick said. “I’d also prefer, 10 times, that we'd kept him for another five years - but we are just not able to pay salaries in excess of €10m.”

While Liverpool fans would probably be more excited about getting a shiny new center-back or goalkeeper come July instead of an attacker, players of Keïta’s quality are hard to come by. Certainly the idea of him joining Liverpool’s already gifted front line is something to daydream about instead of reliving Sunday’s match.