After months of pursuit, news broke yesterday that Liverpool finally landed Naby Keïta in a deferred deal set to be completed next summer. It was a shock, to say the least. Now, the club have officially confirmed the signing of the 22-year-old Guinean from RB Leipzig.
“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” Keïta said in an interview on Liverpool’s website.
“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.
“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”
We can only hope another certain completely healthy, diminutive, want-away midfielder sees the way this deal was completed, and reconsider his current tack.
This move, worth in excess of Keïta’s £48 million release clause, is a big one for the future of the club. Hopefully 1-2 more signings can be completed in the next couple of days to better Naby’s chances of playing for a Champions League side when he pulls on the famous red of Liverpool.