Naby Keita will join Liverpool at a very good time.
The club are about to compete for the Champions League trophy and have aspirations of becoming a major force in Europe once again.
The Guinean midfielder, 23, will join the Reds on July 1 and has already been tipped to be a success in the Premier League by his former RB Leipzig coach.
Ralph Hasenhuttl, who left Leipzig last week, believes Keita will prove to be an outstanding signing.
“The lad’s just that good,” Hasenhuttl told Bild. “He’s a pro through and through, he lives and breathes football.
“Even if he wins the Champions League, Jurgen [Klopp] will be thankful for the reinforcement.”
“He will join an already incredible squad. But if there’s one player I don’t have any fear that he can make it at every club in the world, then that’s Naby.”
KEITA’S TEXT TO MANE
Keita already has a friend at Liverpool in Sadio Mane – they played together briefly at Red Bull Salzburg – and Mane has revealed that they are in regular contact.
Indeed, Keita even sent the Liverpool forward a text message after the Reds reached the Champions League final.
“I don’t think he will come to the final, but of course he will watch the game. I am always texting him,” Mane told the Telegraph.
“He is my good friend. He said after we reached the final, ‘congratulations, I am looking forward to coming (to Liverpool)’.
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“He will do great. He is a great player and he will do very well.”
Just what Liverpool fans want to hear. Keita is clearly counting down the days until he can meet his new teammates.
And he will hope that he can do so after they become champions of Europe.
Mane has played a crucial role in Liverpool’s run to the final, scoring nine goals in the competition.
The 26-year-old admits it was after the 5-0 win against Porto in the last-16 – when he scored a hat-trick – that he started to believe Liverpool could go all the way.
“I was thinking, ‘we can win’,” he added. “It was a big night for me in the Champions League.
“I am just thinking, it is incredible, not about pressure. Just happy and excited.
“It is the best time for the whole squad to play. We are in the best shape. There is no tiredness. This kind of game does not happen all the time.”
He’s right – this is Liverpool’s first Champions League final since 2007.
But with Keita on board and more signings to come, there is a new-found belief that similar runs can become a regular theme.