Naby Keita opens up about Liverpool FC transfer: All of my friends were Reds
The incoming Liverpool FC signing reveals he used to wear the Reds strip growing up in Guinea
Naby Keita has revealed that he grew up with a soft spot for Liverpool FC.
The Guinea international is set to move to the Anfield outfit at the end of the 2017-18 season after Liverpool agreed a £48m fee with Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in August.
The Reds attempted to sign the box-to-box midfielder in the 2017 summer transfer window but the German club refused to entertain selling Keita ahead of their debut campaign in the Champions League.
Keita has earned a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s most-exciting players over the past 12 months or so following a return of eight goals and seven assists last term.
Keita will help to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s midfield which has already been stretched this term with Jordan Henderson and James Milner contending with injury setbacks.
And the incoming Liverpool signing revealed that his friends were all Reds fans and that he even worse the Premier League’s strip despite being a Barcelona supporter.
“When I was around 11 or 12, my friends and I were choosing which shirts we would get for our team. Because my father nicknamed me Deco as he thought I played like him, I wanted us to get the Barcelona strip – they were my favourite,” Keita told Goal.
“All my friends were Liverpool supporters, though, and I really liked the club too so we decided on them. I don’t think any of them or I could really imagine that I would grow up to actually wear a real Liverpool shirt and represent the real Liverpool!”
Liverpool are in fifth place in the Premier League table after successive top-flight victories to get their season back on track.
The Reds signed four players in the summer transfer window in spite of missing out on Keita.
Liverpool qualified for the Champions League like RB Leipzig last term.