Liverpool: RB Leipzig want Naby Keita return this summer
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita could make a return to RB Leipzig this summer after they missed out on him in January, a new transfer report has claimed.
The Lowdown: Keita linked with exit
The 27-year-old’s Reds career has ultimately been a disappointing one, with injuries hampering him greatly and limiting him to just 127 appearances across five seasons.
Keita is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and he has been linked with a summer exit recently, as a new deal at Anfield looks increasingly unlikely.
Now, it looks as though a reunion with Leipzig could be on the cards.
The Latest: Leipzig reunion on the cards?
According to Bild [via Sport Witness], the Bundesliga side actually tried to sign Keita during the January transfer window but Jurgen Klopp ensured it didn’t happen.
The report says that it is ‘very possible’ Leipzig go back in for the Guinean in the summer.
The Verdict: Time to leave
In fairness to Keita, he has done a solid job in recent weeks since coming into the team, helping sure up the midfield a little while Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have been dropped, averaging 1.2 key passes per game in the Premier League this season.
That being said, his performances are still far from the required level on a regular basis – he started in the 3-0 defeat at Wolves last weekend, losing possession nine times – and it is time for him to move on.
Too often, Keita is unavailable for long periods – his first appearance of 2022/23 didn’t arrive until December 22nd – and his influence when he is fit is nowhere near what many expected when he joined in 2018.
A summer departure feels like the best outcome for all parties, even though Virgil van Dijk has described his teammate as a ‘world-class’ footballer in the past.