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A current RB Leipzig team-mate of Naby Keita has described the Anfield-bound midfielder as ‘the best I’ve played with’ and says Liverpool made a shrewd move agreeing a deal for the Guinean last summer, as he would have had his pick of big clubs at the end of this season. 
 
Speaking on "Sat Af" on tv3sport.dk, Danish international Yussuf Poulsen was glowing in his praise of Keita. “He's the best player I've ever played with,” he said. “He is insane." 
 
High praise indeed, particularly from a man who plays his international football alongside Tottenham star Christian Erikssen.
 
Initially Liverpool thought their chances of landing Keita were around 50 percent, akin to what you'd get when using your starspins promo code, but Leipzig proved steadfast in their resolve and refused to allow their prize asset to leave last summer. The Reds took the somewhat unusual step of agreeing a compromise deal which allowed Keita to remain in Germany for one more season before moving to Merseyside in the summer of 2018.
 
A shrewd move according to Poulsen, who explained: "Liverpool are lucky to have got him because if they'd waited until the summer he would have gone to an even bigger club.” 
 
Having sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month, Jurgen Klopp attempted to bring forward Keita’s arrival but Leipzig were again reluctant to lose their star man and a suitable compensation agreement could not be reached, meaning that barring an unexpected turn of events before the end of this month Keita will remain a Leipzig player until the summer. 
 
While that was bad news for the Reds, who now look a little short of drive and creativity in the middle of the park, it was a boost for Poulsen and the rest of Keita’s Leipzig team-mates as they look to secure Champions League qualification while also chasing Europa League success. 
 
”I rate him very highly," Poulsen continued. "I've played with him for about a year and a half now. You can't take the ball off him. In training or during games. He plays like he's playing in the yard. 
 
“He's physically strong, quick, such good technique. You can't take the ball off him. If he's decided that he's going past you he'll go past you. Nothing you can do." 
 
While this bodes well for Liverpool's prospects next season, it remains a source of frustration that the Reds were unable to bring Keita in this month to help fill the void left by Coutinho.



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He's 23 and the only other club he's played for is Lyngby BK, which I think might be the name of an accountant's firm with a slight spelling mistake.

 

The fucking fraud.

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Yeah, and Srnicek described Smicer as "an awesome performer", just as he was signing for us.

 

In retrospect I think it was the language barrier and he meant 'an awful performer'. Of course to me he is still a ledge for what he did in Istanbul.

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Smicer won the free-kick deep into injury time against Alavés, which Gary Mac whipped in for the golden own goal.  Magical player, Euro legend. 

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In retrospect I think it was the language barrier and he meant 'an awful performer'. Of course to me he is still a ledge for what he did in Istanbul.

Big game beaut.........

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Cant get here quick enough. Half the fanbase has forgotten what a quality midfielder looks like.

 

More needed to play alongside him though. He's not going to single handedly make the midfield tick week in week out and that should always be our aim.

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"Some bloke says something nice about some other bloke whom he knows quite well shocker"

 

My gut feeling is he is a class performer and may well be a fantastic buy.

 

This however will depend on a number of factors not least of which is who he is playing alongside and how will Klopp use him to get the most from him and those around him.

 

I'm excited he is coming to us but will reserve judgement until he has a few games under his belt for us.

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"Some bloke says something nice about some other bloke whom he knows quite well shocker"

 

My gut feeling is he is a class performer and may well be a fantastic buy.

 

This however will depend on a number of factors not least of which is who he is playing alongside and how will Klopp use him to get the most from him and those around him.

 

I'm excited he is coming to us but will reserve judgement until he has a few games under his belt for us.

I will wait until his first injury break and watch our midfield flopping around like fish on a carpet.

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He's 23 and the only other club he's played for is Lyngby BK, which I think might be the name of an accountant's firm with a slight spelling mistake.

 

The fucking fraud.

 

Essentially he's saying:

 

"He's Leipzig's best player, better than anyone who played for Lyngby between 2011 and 2013 and better than anyone who played for Denmark since 2014".

 

To be fair, that includes Eriksen, so it's Liverpool 1 Spurs 0 in the Yussuf Poulsen Comments Trophy. Get in.

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