The surprising phone call that convinced Naby Keita to seal his move to Liverpool this summer

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Despite Liverpool enduring a fairly frustrating summer in the transfer market, they did manage to complete two brilliant deals.

Jurgen Klopp's side brought in Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from Roma in a £37m deal and in the latter stages of the window, they finally secured a deal for highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

The Guinean international will arrive next summer in a £50m deal, with Liverpool actually offering over £70m to bring in the former Salzburg man this summer.

It is a deal which has left a number of clubs across Europe jealous, with Keita one of the primary reasons for Leipzig's sensational rise in German football.

He appears to be the complete box-to-box midfielder, scoring eight goals and assisting the same amount in 2016/17.

Liverpool's midfield has already looked impressive this season, but with Emre Can engaged in a contract dispute, Keita's addition could be vital next summer.

However, Klopp has someone quite surprising to thank for the capture of the midfielder; his Guinean international colleague, Ibrahim Traore.

The Borussia Monchengladbach winger phoned Keita to offer his advice and a few days later, he completed the move.



"He's fantastic, he's a really really good player," he told the BBC, per Mirror.

"Everything that has been said about him is true. I have no concern about him because I think he is going to do great [at Liverpool].

"We have a really good relationship, I called Naby during pre-season because I heard he had some issues in Leipzig with some of the players and I know he wasn't happy with the situation because he wanted to move to Liverpool.


"I told him: 'This not good what you are doing because you are still a Leipzig player.

"'I understand the situation is not easy, but look what has to happen will happen.

"'You will go to Liverpool, if it's not this year, it will be next year. You will go to Liverpool, but in the meantime you have to concentrate and you have to train with Leipzig because this is your team.


"'If they say you don't go, you don't go [this year] but you will go to Liverpool because they have shown that they want you.'

"We talked for a long time and he said: 'Yes, you're right, I still have to play a season here, so I still have to play good here."

Well, Liverpool fans should certainly send their thanks to Monchengladbach.

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