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New Anfield signing Keita says he's excited at Liverpool move

Midfielder Naby Keita admits he will be a long-distance Liverpool supporter for the next year as he waits to complete his move to Anfield.

The Guinea international finalised the terms of a club-record transfer which will see him remain at RB Leipzig until the end of the season.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had wanted to sign in the 22-year-old this summer, but, with the Bundesliga club adamant the player would not be leaving, Liverpool opted for the next best option, even if it has cost them a premium.

Naby Keita Credit: PA Pictures

The Reds could have waited 12 months and activated a £48million buy-out clause when it comes into effect, but were conscious they could have faced even more competition so have opted to pay an increased sum now to avoid an auction later.

"Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance," Keita, who is set to take former captain Steven Gerrard's number eight shirt, told liverpoolfc.com.

"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.''

Looking forward to his Anfield move - Naby Keita Credit: PA Pictures

German newspaper Bild claim Liverpool will pay 75million euros (£69.4million) should Leipzig qualify for next season's Champions League, 70million euros (£64.8million) if Leipzig secure a Europa League place, or 65million euros (£60.2million) should they fail to earn a place in Europe.

In July Leipzig rejected an improved Liverpool bid of £66m to sell Keita immediately as they wanted to keep a player who scored eight goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances in his debut season after joining from Red Bull Salzburg.