Liverpool: Naby Keita ‘increasingly’ likely to leave this summer
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita looks ‘increasingly’ likely to leave the club at the end of the season, according to reliable journalist Neil Jones.
The Lowdown: Keita flatters to deceive
The 28-year-old arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018 with a big reputation, with many backing him to be a transformative figure in the Reds’ midfield.
Keita’s time at Liverpool has been disappointing, however, with injuries holding him back hugely and his performances too often not hitting the heights many hoped for.
The Guinean is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season, so the club have a big decision to make regarding a new deal.
The Latest: Jones drops key update
Taking to Twitter on Monday morning, Goal‘s Jones admitted that Keita is more likely to leave Liverpool once this season reaches its conclusion:
“It looks increasingly like Naby Keïta will not be part of Liverpool’s great rebuild this summer.”
The Verdict: Right time to leave
Keita is an impressive footballer when he wants to be – Virgil van Dijk has even described him as ‘world-class’ in the past – but this summer feels like a natural time for him to move on.
His persistent injury problems are simply too big an issue – he has only started a handful of Premier League games this season – and it isn’t worth keeping someone on £120,000 per week who is out of the team so often.
Keita is a signing who will be looked back on as one that just didn’t work out, despite it looking such a perfect fit at the same time, but he still has Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup medals to his name, among others.
His performances this season have been no more than solid, though, and Liverpool need superior options as Jurgen Klopp looks to reinvent his midfield this summer.