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Report: Southampton tried to sign Naby Keita prior to Liverpool move

Liverpool have been decisive in the transfer market since FSG overhauled recruitment during Jürgen Klopp’s reign. The Reds haven’t made many missteps in this time. In 2017 we were decisive enough to beat a Premier League club to a star signing, according to former club vice-president Les Reed, Southampton tried to sign Naby Keita prior to his switch to Liverpool.

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Naby Keita at Liverpool

In 2017 Liverpool agreed a club record £48m deal to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

The midfielder joined the club the following summer having spent another season in Germany.

Since his arrival on Merseyside the Guinean has struggled to live up to expectations.

Injuries have been the root of the ex-Bundesliga man’s problems with fitness issues preventing him from nailing down a consistent spot in the midfield.

His bursts of brilliance have proved frustrating due to his persistent absences.

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Southampton and Naby Keita

It was revealed in the past week that Southampton tried to land Naby Keita before his Liverpool move.

Ex-Saints vice-president Les Reed admitted that the club were priced out of a move, telling Transfer Tavern:

“We made enquiries about Naby Keita after Sadio [Mane].

“And that then doubled, it was kind of, you blew us out of the water with Sadio and we’re not letting that happen again.

“I had quite a good relationship with Ralf Rangnick, he’s a proper negotiator, but I think Red Bull wised up.”

What RTK has to say

We beat the Saints to the punch with this one but were we right to?

Keita is up there with the most frustrating players we’ve had at the club.

He is such a talented footballer but we see so little of him due to injuries.

Hopefully we either cash in or he manages to stay fit for a season.

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