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

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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…

https://twitter.com/Watch_LFC/status/902161260120338432

Some were impatient…

It marked a change in fortunes this summer…

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

Some speculated about what it may mean for other players…

Neutrals were impressed…

But not all were convinced…

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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Liverpool fans want Ivan Rakitic following brilliant performance against Argentina

Liverpool fans want yet another top midfielder at the club this summer.

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was nothing short of sensational last night in Croatia’s 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, and Liverpool fans have taken to social media to commend the midfielder, with many asserting that Jurgen Klopp should sign him this summer.

Luka Modric was in his usual scintillating form in the centre of the park, but Rakitic was equally as good, and the two essentially ran the game for the whole duration, as Argentina scratched their heads for a way to get into the game.

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The 30-year-old rounded off a truly dominant display by slotting home into an empty net from close range, after Mateo Kovacic unselfishly played him in, but it was nothing less than Rakatic’s performance deserved on the night.

Reds fans, having already secured the high-profile signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, took to Twitter to suggest that the club should complete a hat-trick of midfield acquisitions this summer and bring the £60 million rated man to Anfield.

Here’s the reaction:

It has to be said that the logistics of completing a deal for the Barcelona man, who was ever-present in the side last season, make any serious movement unlikely on Liverpool’s front. But many are starting to regret the club’s decision to turn their nose up at the prospect of signing him, in a make-weight deal for Philippe Coutinho last summer.

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Jurgen Klopp should bring in Emil Forsberg to replace Adam Lallana

The Swedish star is keen on leaving RB Leipzig this summer and Liverpool have been linked in the past.

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It seems Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg has made his mind up over his RB Leipzig future. The talented playmaker has told Fotbolskanalen in his homeland:

“I’m ready for the next big step. That’s going to be very interesting.

“I am in dialogue with RB and always had a good relationship with the club.

“I have the dream of playing for the strongest clubs in the world.”

Those words certainly suggest he is on his way. Plenty of teams have been linked with the player recently.

One such English club is Liverpool. As recently as May it was reported that the Swedish talent would cost £47 million, according to SportExpressen.

That seems a little high and Liverpool could surely get the player cheaper.

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It is definitely a deal Liverpool should consider. Forsberg is a similar talent to Adam Lallana.

Capable of playing anywhere along the front behind the front-man he relies on his cunning, technique and brains too make up for his lack of pace.

In fact, when watching highlights of the pair in action, the similarities are uncanny.

However, Forsberg is four years younger than Lallana and the ex-Southampton man’s recent injury record has been awful.

Undoubtedly, Lallana is a magnificent talent. He is also a favourite of Jurgen Klopp’s, often considered the German’s teacher’s pet.

But Liverpool simply cannot rely on the 30-year-old to stay fit anymore. Klopp loves him, but he would love Forsberg just as much.

It might be time for Liverpool to trade in for a newer model.

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Liverpool’s reported target Lorenzo Insigne is far better for Klopp than Nabil Fekir

The new reported target would be even better for Liverpool.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to dust himself down over his club’s failings to land Lyon star Nabil Fekir, and will make a sensational swoop for Napoli maestro Lorenzo Insigne, according to reports from TransferMarketWeb.

Despite having arguably the most dangerous front three in the Premier League in Sadio Mane, Robert Firmino and Mohamed Salah, it would appear that Klopp is refusing to rest on his laurels, and is demanding the club spend big to bring in reinforcements capable of mounting a challenge on all fronts next term.

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Insigne is a arguably a better option than Fekir ever was for the Reds. As tactically he would add so much more than the Frenchman. Fekir largely models his game around crafting attacks while in possession, often drifting into central areas looking for the killer pass, or to line up a shot himself – similarly to Philippe Coutinho – but the Brazilian doesn’t need a direct replacement at Anfield.

Since his departure, the overall balance of the team has improved, as a more industrious midfield employs Klopp’s high-pressing style in a three. Fekir would operate in similar areas to Coutinho and would likely throw the overall balance off somewhat.

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Insigne on the other hand will stay out wide, and use his brilliant feet and speed to set up opportunities to test the goalkeeper, or to bend in in-swinging crosses with his right foot for the likes of Firmino and Salah.

The Italian bagged 14 goals goals in 48 games in all competitions and for the reported fee of £52 million, he’s an even more exciting addition than Fekir.

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