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Naby Keita: "I want to become the best African player in the world"

Naby Keita: 'I want to reach the top'
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Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita is hoping to become "the best African player in the world" and surpass his idol Yaya Toure.

Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita has outlined his ambition of becoming "the best African player in the world".

The Reds agreed a deal last summer to sign the Guinea international from RB Leipzig, which will not officially go through until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Keita, who came through the ranks at hometown club Horoya AC, has been on an upward trajectory since joining French club FC Istres in 2013, going on to play for Red Bull Salzburg and then RB Leipzig.

Now awaiting a transfer to Liverpool, the 22-year-old has made the bold claim and insists that he wants to be even better than his idol, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

"I want to become the best African player in the world," Keita is quoted by The Mirror as saying. "My idol from Africa is Toure. He is strong, works hard and has made it to the very top.

"When I am on the field, I want to think that I am the best. It's not for myself, it's for the team. Once I do that, I can feel good."

Liverpool are reportedly hoping to bring Keita's move forward to January due to the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.


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RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita in action during the Emirates Cup match with Sevilla in July 2017
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1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
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12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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