The big reason why Bayern Munich didn't sign Naby Keita and allowed him to join Liverpool

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After a fairly quiet summer in which they had to publicly apologise for 'tapping up' Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, the end of the transfer window was pretty positive for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's side sealed a £50m deal for highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, a player they have been after for some time.

The Guinean international has forged a formidable reputation in the Bundesliga and he will move to Anfield in the summer of 2018 as Leipzig want to keep him for their first Champions League campaign in their short history.

Liverpool did actually offer over £70m to get Keita to Merseyside this season, but the German side simply wouldn't buckle under their demands.

It is reported that a number of top European sides were after his signature this summer, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The latter has a knack for snatching the Bundesliga's finest talents and some news coming out of Kicker suggests they were pretty close to a deal.

In fact, Die Roten were in pole position, but they actually decided to pull out for a very big reason.


In the deal to sign Keita next summer there is no insurance clause inserted if he picks up a serious injury in 2017/18.


When Bayern realised this they abandoned their pursuit due to the fact that the pricey deal could come back to haunt them.

But, Klopp didn't care, due to the fact he was so desperate to land the 22-year-old, taking a huge gamble in the process.

Nevertheless, should Keita emerge from the season unscathed, Liverpool will have one of the finest midfielder's in Europe on their hands.


Klopp previously spoke about the congratulations he received from Germany after sealing the impressive signing.

He said, per Echo: “I have contact to a lot of people in the Bundesliga, as you can imagine, and I have never had so many congratulations messages as I had after signing Naby!

“He's the player of the league, that's how it is. Last year, together with Thiago Alcantara who played an outstanding season for Bayern, he was the flier. He's been doing this for two or three years, with different clubs in different leagues, but he's still a young boy.

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“It's really good news. OK, we have to wait but sometimes we have to wait for a really good thing. I have no problem with this. I would have preferred, of course, another situation, but it's cool!”

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