Monday, 10 Dec 2018
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Liverpool Transfer News: I rejected Barca and Bayern for Liverpool – Naby Keita

The midfielder revealed that he rejected the La Liga and the Bundesliga top club with Jürgen Klopp at Anfield

. Naby Keita turned down Jürgen Klopp's interest in Liverpool.

In the preseason, the Bundesliga side moved from RB Leipzig to Liverpool, after the Premier League players had shot last season, a deal worth 48 million pounds.

The 23-year-old Guinea star will form an impressive midfield alongside other new signing Fabinho, and captain Jordan Henderson.

And Keita revealed that he denied La Liga champions Barca and Bundesliga support Bayern to end up with the Champions League finalists at Anfield.

It is true that there were other teams like the ones you mentioned, "Keita said about the Guardian when he talked about the interest of the La Liga and the Bundesliga giants Much of my decision was the role of the coach.

"We had good conversations, the words he told me about this project really convinced me, I could see how the club developed, and I spoke at length to Sadio [Mane].

"Sadio is like a brother to me, we've spent nine months together in Salzburg and have built a good relationship, we've been good friends ever since and he told me what a great club this was and how the team went about it and had great potential. "

Keita has a reputation in the Bundesliga for drawing red cards, and the physical nature of the Premier League means he is highly competitive with the Reds, but the midfielder does not believe moving to one rougher league will in no way hinder him.

"I do not think the physical aspect will affect me negatively," he told the Telegraph .

"I have seen a lot of English football and through the process of friendlies leading to the new season, I will adjust to that.I like to win the ball back .It's something I love. [19659013] "I am someone who has this real winning mentality. I have a great desire to win. That's why I'm aggressive in the field in a positive sense.

"My first stance, when I'm in the field, is to defend well and not to cash in. As a midfielder, when you put things back on, my job is to give ammunition to the strikers and strikers to give them chances.

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"Even if I get a chance, my So, I want to take it and score. But I am a team player. I always think of the team and the group first.

Fabinho and Keita were both debuted when Liverpool started last Saturday with a 7-0 victory over Chester in the preseason.

Liverpool is in the US for the International Champions Cup and Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina, against Bortussia Dortmund.

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