Liverpool’s newest African acquisition, Naby Keita has explained why he turned down FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich to join the Reds.
The Guinea international completed his move to the Premier League outfit at the start of the month, after the two parties struck an agreement last season.
Keita was the first of Liverpool’s four signings in this window before the arrivals of Fabhino, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker.
“It’s true to say that there were other teams involved like the ones you mentioned (Barca and Bayern),” Keita was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“But a big part of my decision was the role of the coach.
“We had good conversations. The words he spoke to me about this project really convinced me. I could see how the club was developing and I spoke at length with Sadio [Mane].
“Sadio is like a brother to me. We had nine months together at Salzburg and built up a good rapport. We have been great friends since that time. He told me what a great club this was and how the team was progressing and had great potential.”