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Last updated: 18 november, 2011 - 15:10 GMT

BBC African Footballer of the Year 2011: Profile - Seydou Keita

Seydou Keita

Mali international Seydou Keita of Barcelona remains among the most enduring talents in the African game.

In 2011 he achieved a league and Champions League double, a rare feat for any player.

Now he has being linked with a move to Liverpool in the English Premier League which shows that at 31, he is still considered a great get for any club.

But the Reds will have to wait until the summer to discover whether they can sign the talented midfielder.

Keita was flattered at Liverpool’s enquiries about him in a season where he has been struggling to get into the starting line-up at the Nou Camp.

"Liverpool are a great club and it is fantastic to hear they are interested in me but you know how I feel about Barcelona," he said, adding that he wants to play more games than he is at present.

"In football nothing is an absolute, so let's wait until the end of the season.

"The Premier League is very attractive and exciting for anyone," he added.

This year also saw Keita return to international duty for the first time in more than a year and a half.

After last year's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola, the midfield star, 27, took a break from the international game.

Following his return the Mali coach Alain Giresse expressed his gratitude to Keita and others for their personal sacrifices which helped the team book their place at African football’s high table.

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