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Naby Keita in serious trouble with German authorities over fake identity

It is claimed that the RB Leipzig midfielder was caught with fraudulent paperwork while applying for an EU licence

Soon-to-be Liverpool player, Naby Keita, is in serious trouble.

The 22-year-old reportedly faces a £90,000 fine for submitting a fake driving licence to German authorities.

It is claimed that the Guinean midfielder was caught with fraudulent paperwork while applying for an EU licence.

Will the real Naby Keita please stand up

Will the real Naby Keita please stand up

The RB Leipzig player will lose around a week’s wages for his error.

Liverpool have already agreed a deal to sign Keita next summer for £48million.

Though since the deal was confirmed, he has been a magnet for controversy on and off the pitch.

Keita was sent off for the third time in seven games during Leipzig’s defeat to Bayern Munich last month.

Keita was shown a third red in seven games last months

Seeing red

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “We need to keep our discipline. Not just one player, but the whole team.

“You can’t lose your focus in important matches.”

His reckless form may have concerned more than a few Liverpool fans who might be wondering if their future recruit is something of a liability.

Keita has won 28 caps for Guinea

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Keita has won 28 international caps

Keita was once rejected by Le Mans and Lorient but got his break when fellow Guinean Bobo Balde organised a talent contest in Marseille.

His displays in this contest led him to be signed by French Ligue 2 side Istres before being bought by Red Bull Salzburg.

In 2016 he was shifted to sister club RB Leipzig and helped them finish as runners-up in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool came close to signing him for £75million in the summer but eventually decided to be patient and trigger the player’s £48million exit clause which activates on 1 July 2018.

Klopp will be hoping he keep himself out of trouble until then…