Jean Michael-Seri has confirmed that Liverpool were interested in him in the summer but he chose Fulham because of how much the London wanted him.
Although he was benched for club captain Jordan Henderson against Leicester City at the weekend, Naby Keïta has shown glimpses of what prompted Jürgen Klopp to spend £52.5 million on him.
The Guinean has pace, incredible dribbling skills and the insatiable desire to win the ball back and surge forward in attack that makes him the ideal midfielder to play under Klopp.
There have been lazily racist comparisons with Keïta and N’Golo Kante in the past few weeks but a more apt comparison would be Jean Michael-Seri and the Ivorian has told the Times that Liverpool wanted him in the summer.
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“When I played for Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, Nice came for me and they really came. Fulham wanted me the same way,” Seri told The Times.
“They said, ‘We want you, come to Fulham.’ Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, they saw me but they didn’t say, ‘We want you.’
“Because Fulham gave me this respect, although other clubs wanted me, I wanted to sign for Fulham.”
The same desire from Liverpool to sign Keīta last summer saw the former RB Leipzig man reject the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich to play for the Reds.