Confirmed: Naby Keïta will join Liverpool in 2018

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Naby Keitab celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SV Darmstadt 98 at Red Bull Arena on April 1, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany.
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Liverpool have confirmed that RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta has signed a five year contract at the club, effective July 1st 2018. 

The saga has come to a close and while it’s slightly frustrating to see that Keïta will not join immediately, this is perhaps one of the best overall outcomes we could’ve hoped for.

The Reds agreed to pay the Guinean’s release clause fee of £48m and are believed to have added a slight premium on top in order to get the deal pushed through twelve months early, saving them close to £15m after a £66m offer was rejected back in July.

Speaking for the first time after securing the move he’s been pushing for since the start of the summer, Keïta said: “I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly.”

“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.”

“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”

It is believed that Keïta will take on the number 8 shirt at the club, made iconic by a certain Steven Gerrard.

The fact that the midfielder will not join until next year also serves as confirmation that both Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho will not be leaving in the final days of this summer window.

Can is yet to sign a new deal with the club despite entering the final twelve months of his contract in July, while Coutinho’s efforts to move to Barcelona have been well documented over the last month.

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