July 1 can’t come soon enough for Liverpool fans. One of the most promising midfield talents in Europe in Naby Keita is set to touch down on Merseyside on that date and the highlight videos have many a Scouse fantasizing about the team sheets at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal next season.
Liverpool’s own Sadio Mane recently added fuel to those feverish, Keita-inspired dreams in a recent interview with the LFC website. The current Red Bull Leipzig starlet briefly overlapped with Mané at the energy drink giant’s sister club in Salzburg in 2014 before the dynamic wide man transferred to Southampton, and the two struck a friendship that exists to today:
“We keep in touch all the time, talking,” Mané revealed about the African duo’s comraderie.
“[Our friendship] just came normally, because we speak the same language and were close neighbours, Guinea and Senegal,” he said.
“When he came we lived [in the] same area in Salzburg, so we were always together: sometimes he came to my house, I’d go to his house,” the 25-year old continued.
“He asks me ‘How is the club?’ and I tell him ‘Unbelievable.’”
“He knows the team and the club, and he knows how Liverpool is. We’re lucky to have him. He’s an unbelievable player.”
As one of the shining jewels in Klopp’s so far nearly flawless policies, the Senegalese winger is well-placed to vouch for the quality of the impending recruit, with Liverpool now having secured three of the top five African players in the world game. If as fans we weren’t sure before, we certainly are now. Patience is a virtue, you guys.
Watch the clip from the interview below: