Liverpool: Naby Keita ‘on verge’ of leaving this summer
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is on the ‘verge’ of leaving the Premier League side this summer, according to Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg.
The Lowdown: Falling out of favour
The Guinea international’s deal at Anfield is set to expire at the end of the season, and having not been offered fresh terms, his future has been up in the air.
Jurgen Klopp has handed the 27-year-old just two league starts since the start of the term, highlighting how far down the boss’ pecking order he is compared to his fellow teammates.
The Reds star had reportedly been in talks to join Galatasaray, and whilst that move now looks to be off the cards, it’s still likely that he will secure a permanent exit in the months ahead.
The Latest: Plettenberg’s update
Taking to Twitter, Sky Germany’s Plettenberg revealed that Keita is set to depart Liverpool upon the conclusion of the 2022/23 season:
“News #Keita: The 27 y/o is on verge to leave LFC as a free agent in summer! Contract extension unlikely at this stage. Many clubs are interested to sign him. But he won’t join Galatasaray. His return to [Germany] is not excluded. Regular starter in the last 4 matches.”
The Verdict: Time to get rid
Keita has certainly shown moments of quality during his spell on Merseyside, but Liverpool are probably aware that now would be the right time to say goodbye.
The Nike-sponsored athlete has played just 441 minutes of football across all competitions this campaign and is averaging a top-flight match rating of just 6.15 when he is given game time (WhoScored).
Klopp is set for a midfield overhaul this summer having been linked to the likes of Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes, and Keita is surely one of those facing the chopping block, having spent approximately 470 days unavailable through injury or illness since joining the Reds.