Liverpool line up another massive summer signing

By Mark Peters IN Bundesliga,General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:46 Jun 30th 2017

The £36.9m signing of Mohamed Salah from AS Roma has created plenty of buzz around Anfield, with the size of the fee suggesting that the Reds are determined to mount an assault on the Premier League title next term.

Jürgen Klopp now has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, adding the Egyptian to the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

He is not quite so blessed in other areas of the pitch, however, so it comes as no surprise to see the Daily Mirror linking the Merseyside outfit with a big-money move for Naby Keita.

NABY KEITA

Thought to be valued at a ridiculously-inflated price of £70m by his club, RB Leipzig, the all-action central midfielder enjoyed a wonderful debut campaign in the Bundesliga following his switch from Austrian football last summer.

Quickly establishing himself as a key figure for the newly-promoted team, the 22-year-old missed just four top-flight games as he helped his side to a shock second-place finish:

Naby Keita
POS: MIDAGE: 22Y 4M
HEIGHT: 5FT 8INWEIGHT: 10ST 1LB
 
BL | RBL | 16/1716/17 16/17 | RBL | BL
WITHWITHOUT
30
MATCHES
4
63%
WIN%
25%
17%
DRAW%
50%
20%
LOSS%
25%
62
GOALS FOR
4
33
GOALS AGAINST
6
2.1
GOALS F
PER GAME
1
1.1
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.5
43.5
MINS PER
GOALS F
90
81.8
MINS PER
GOALS A
60
9.4
SHOTS F
PER GAME
9
2.1
POINTS
PER GAME
1.3
9
CLEAN SHEETS
1
12
TOTAL
1

Things certainly took a turn for the worse on the rare occasions that the Guinean international was missing, with the Bundesliga outfit averaging less goals for, more goals against and less points per game when he was absent.

A complete midfielder who is adept at linking defence and attack, Keita’s athleticism makes him an ideal fit for Klopp’s Liverpool, whilst his ability on the ball should not be underestimated:

Naby
Keita
versusEmre
Can
MIDPOSITIONMID
22Y 4MAGE23Y 5M
5FT 8INHEIGHT6FT 0IN
10ST 1LBWEIGHT12ST 1LB
 
BL | RBL | | LIV | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
29
STARTS
25
2407
MINS
PLAYED
2278
7
GOALS
4
6
ASSISTS
2
3
OPENING
GOALS
1
3
WINNING
GOALS
2
5
HOME
GOALS
2
2
AWAY
GOALS
2
HEADED
GOALS
1
L
1
R
5
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
3
344
MINS
PER GOAL
570
9
TOTAL
1

In fact, despite enjoying a similar amount of playing time to Emre Can last season, the 22-year-old made a direct contribution to more than twice as many top-flight goals, highlighting just what an upgrade he would be in the Reds’ engine room.

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