Daniel Sturridge admits ‘different’ Naby Keita transfer surprise

Liverpool manager Jurrgen Klopp right with Mohamed Salah. Reuters

Liverpool manager Jurrgen Klopp right with Mohamed Salah. Reuters

With Daniel Sturridge looking increasingly likely to stay at Anfield, and Dominic Solanke set to stay in and around the first team Origi will be allowed to follow fellow striker Danny Ings out the exit door this summer. As a kid, we used to play wearing a Liverpool shirt in the streets. The second-half performance of Naby Keita against Blackburn Rovers suggests that for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp here is another high-profile transfer worth the wait.

Origi has struggled in pre-season and as such, it's nearly certain that he'll be heading out of the club at some point this summer.

'I'm excited to see what he does in the Premier League and the Champions League, and so on. "He is a great keeper and he can still show that with us in the future".

"We've signed all we need, I don't think there'll be any more [signings]", the German coach said after the deal was confirmed.

"He's a fantastic player and it's deserved that people think highly of him in America - in Germany it's the same".

"Because I'm a midfielder and Gerrard was always the boss of the side, it couldn't be anyone else other than Steven Gerrard - that's who you'd be when you were playing, wanting to be like him".

"I don't know exactly how much money we could spend because nobody has told me, 'No, you can't do this'".

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The 18-year-old was close a loan to Sunderland in January last season before Klopp decided against the move after Philippe Coutinho departed for Barcelona.

Klopp was also quick to acknowledge that Keita impressed a lot at Leipzig when he was utilised as a winger, but sees him in a slightly different role on Merseyside.

"It is no secret there was contact for a little bit longer with the agents".

"I am someone who has this real winning mentality". I have a huge desire to win.

"That's why I'm aggressive in a positive sense on the field". My first mindset when I am out on the field is to defend well and not concede. It's not that we lost things completely but you have to work on it to get it back.

"I am a team player".

"My responsibility is for this club to be as successful as possible. I am still going to be the same".

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