Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Ibrahima Traore has disclosed the conversation he had with Naby Keita that helped him complete his move to Liverpool this summer.
Keita was a hot transfer target for the Reds before an agreement was reached for the RB Leipzig midfielder to join Jurgen Klopp’s side for a club record fee in the summer of 2018.
Traore revealed the conversation he had with the 22-year-old on the phone that eased his frustration during the transfer saga that spilled over into his conduct with teammates.
"He[Keita] is fantastic, he's a really really good player,” Traore told BBC.
"Everything that has been said about him is true. I have no concern about him because I think he is going to do great [at Liverpool].
"We have a really good relationship, I called Naby during pre-season because I heard he had some issues in Leipzig with some of the players and I know he wasn't happy with the situation because he wanted to move to Liverpool.
"I told him: This not good what you are doing because you are still a Leipzig player.
“I understand the situation is not easy, but look, what has to happen will happen.
"You will go to Liverpool, if it's not this year, it will be next year. You will go to Liverpool, but in the meantime, you have to concentrate and you have to train with Leipzig because this is your team.
"If they say you don't go, you don't go [this year] but you will go to Liverpool because they have shown that they want you.
"We talked for a long time and he said: 'Yes, you're right, I still have to play a season here, so I still have to play good here.”