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Naby Keita’s transfer price to Liverpool has just been determined by RB Leipzig’s final league position

Jurgen Klopp has saved himself a few quid because of a clause in the midfielder's contract

Who doesn’t love a niche contract clause?

Liverpool will only pay a reported £60million for Naby Keita this summer after RB Leipzig failed to qualify for the Champions League.

According to German publication Kicker, had Leipzig qualified for European’s top competition then Liverpool would have been forced to pay £66million for the Guinea midfielder.

Liverpool have got themselves a handy player, at a handy price

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Liverpool have got themselves a handy player, at a handy price

Instead, following a disappointing season, the German side slumped to sixth in the table meaning Liverpool make themselves a nice little saving.

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The fee could have been even lower for Jurgen Klopp’s side had Leipzig missed out on European football completely.

Failure to qualify for any European competition would have meant Keita’s signature would be sealed for just £53million.

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In some weird paradox, Everton’s Ademola Lookman, who is currently on-loan at Leipzig, played a part in the transfer.

The loanee scored in Leipzig’s final day 6-2 win against Hertha Berlin, helping his side to finish 6th and in turn making Liverpool pay more for Keita.

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I bet Keita can’t wait to link up with Jordan Henderson next season… right?