Liverpool have missed out on the signature of former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita for the second time in six months, as the Mali international has signed a contract with Italian outfit AS Roma.
The Mali international was wanted by Brendan Rodgers in January, but moved to Valencia instead on a short-term deal. Six months later Keita has once again snubbed Liverpool to join Roma – with the Serie A giants confirming an agreement on the club's official Twitter.
Earlier this week Spanish newspaper AS suggested that Liverpool had renewed their January attempts to sign the player on a free transfer, but this interest has now run its course, with the Serie A runners-up securing the player’s signature.
Keita would have given the Reds much experience considering his importance during Barcelona's golden era. He twice helped the Catalan giants to Champions League glory, whilst scooping an impressive three La Liga titles.
Brendan Rodgers' has already signed Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, and the arrival of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can will surely soften the blow of seeing Seydou Keita slip between his fingers.
Roma have tied the veteran down for at least the next year, with his new contract expiring on June 30, 2015. He could prove a valuable asset as the Italian giants prepare to take on the Champions League in the upcoming season