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Twitter reacts as Liverpool agree a deal to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig next summer

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Twitter reacts as Liverpool agree a deal to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig next summer

Liverpool have agreed a deal which will bring Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield next summer, according to The Times journalist Paul Joyce on Twitter. Keita was one of the club’s top targets this summer.

The Reds desperately tried to complete a move this summer, but Leipzig refused to allow the Guinean to leave. In recent weeks, speculation had quietened down with many expecting that there would not be any movement until next summer.

Now, the 22-year-old is in the UK to undergo a medical, with Liverpool ready to pay a premium on top of the £48 million release clause in his contract which would have come into play next summer. The premium guarantees that Liverpool will be Keita’s next club and will also smash the club’s record transfer fee paid for Andy Carroll.

Keita will remain at Leipzig this season, where he will compete in the Bundesliga and the Champions League seeking to help his side cement their top four place after an impressive debut season in the German top flight last year.

Keita will become a Liverpool player on 1st July 2018 and will be hoping that the Reds have repeated their top four finish in order to continue to play at the very highest level.

The signing marks a real landmark for Jurgen Klopp, who targeted Keita as a key addition to his squad. With Liverpool’s midfield looking a little light in terms of strength in depth, the arrival of Keita next summer will give a real boost to the squad in 12 months time though it is not yet clear how Klopp will fill that gap until then.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

The news was revealed by Paul Joyce on Twitter…

Liverpool fans were delighted…

 

Some were impatient…

It marked a change in fortunes this summer…

https://twitter.com/_lfcleanne/status/902161415007596548

https://twitter.com/GerrardsPrime/status/902162624154095617

Some speculated about what it may mean for other players…

Neutrals were impressed…

But not all were convinced…

https://twitter.com/FutboiAdam/status/902163330986631168

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Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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