Liverpool fans have all had one eye on RB Leipzig matches this season.
Jurgen Klopp was desperate to sign Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita last summer but the best he could do was to agree a deal for 12 months time.
While that wasn’t ideal for Liverpool, it has allowed fans to catch a glimpse of the £48 million signing before his arrival. After all, many supporters may have been unaware of his ability before a deal was announced last summer.
And those Liverpool fans that tuned into Leipzig’s Bundesliga clash against Mainz this weekend might not have been too impressed with what they saw.
Keita’s side lost 3-0 to the relegation-threatened side with the midfielder picking up his third red card of the season in injury-time.
That defeat all but ended Leipzig’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season, with them desperately holding onto the final Europa League spot in sixth.
This campaign certainly hasn’t been quite as successful as 2016/17 for Keita and Leipzig.
POULSEN HAS A MESSAGE FOR LIVERPOOL FANS
As a result, it’s understandable that Liverpool fans are starting to get a little bit worried that the Guinean isn’t quite the player they originally thought he was.
However, Leipzig teammate Yussuf Poulsen has a message for those supporters.
The Dane believes Keita is, indeed, a very special player and that Liverpool fans and players should be very excited about his arrival.
“I think that most of the fans of Liverpool already watched him play. He is a superb player on a very high level,” he told Omnisport.
“He shows what he can do with the ball even if it’s not going well for the team at this time.
“His last goal against Hoffenheim where he fakes out three people. He hit the post and then the ball went in.
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“There are not many players in the world who can do that kind of thing.
“He is one of the few and not only the fans, but also his team-mates should be looking forward to that.”
That should ease the worry of many Liverpool fans.
Keita might not be the only midfielder arriving in the summer, though.
Emre Can looks increasingly likely to leave on a free transfer, while James Milner is now 32 and may struggle to adhere to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘gegenpressing’ tactics twice a week.
Either way, it sounds like Liverpool should be very much looking forward to Keita’s arrival in just a few months time…