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Naby Keita reveals the words of advice Sadio Mane gave him while they were at Salzburg

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The name which is constantly on the tip of Liverpool fans' tongues at the moment is Naby Keita.

The highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder will become a Reds player next season after a £50m deal was agreed between the two clubs in the summer.

An outstanding box-to-box entity, Keita played an instrumental role in the Bundesliga outfit's rise to second place in the table, contributing with eight goals and eight assists.

This season, he hasn't been as great, picking up three red cards already, however, he has still shown glimpses of his undoubted quality and what he will bring to Jurgen Klopp's midfield.

With Emre Can likely to leave on a free transfer come the summer, it is nice that the club already have an improvement lined up.

Also, Keita will arrive at the club to the welcome of one very close friend; Sadio Mane.

The two African stars previously worked together during their days with Austrian side RB Salzburg and it turns out, Mane was crucial in helping Keita develop into the player we see today.

MANE THE MOTIVATOR

The former Southampton man is three years the senior of the Guinean and when he wasn't starting for the first-team, he came to him in his time of need.

“At first, I wasn’t starting and it was very frustrating,” Keita revealed. “I didn’t like it and it made the settling-in period harder. But Sadio said: ‘My little brother, stay calm. Your chance will come and when it does, you will make the most of it.’

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“He helped me with everything - the language, making friends, understanding the club and the city. And, of course, he was right. Once I was put into the team, I showed my qualities and everything went much smoother.

"Salzburg improved me as a player and I learnt so much there, I got a really tactical education. Sadio was important for me, he still is! To me, he’s my big brother. He really likes to learn new things, to improve and to push himself and we are the same in this way. He’s a good example for me.”

MANE STILL KEEPING AN EYE ON HIS BUDDY

And, it seems the Liverpool winger still has a lot of interest in his former colleague and it is a bond which will surely please fans and help with his integration into the club.

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“He is a really special player and is like family to me,” Mane said. “We were close at Salzburg and still keep in touch. I enjoy watching him and look forward to helping him again when he comes next year.

“He asked me about Liverpool and I told him this is an amazing club with talented players, a great manager and lots of ambition. The city and the people are really nice and he will feel at home here.”

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