Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been linked with a summer move to Atletico Madrid as his disappointing Reds career potentially nears an end.
The Lowdown: Disappointing Liverpool career
The Guinean arrived at Anfield in 2018 for a seismic £52.75m but, now rated at £34m by Transfermarkt, he has flattered to deceive during his time on Merseyside, only making 76 appearances in three seasons at the club.
A string of injuries have played a part in the 26-year-old’s struggles, but a paltry return of seven goals (and only one since the start of 2020) illustrates that he has been a disappointment, and a summer exit could now be on the cards.
The Latest: Atletico linked with Keita move
The midfielder’s current Liverpool deal expires in the summer of 2023, so the Reds are in no great rush to get rid of him.
The Verdict: Time to go?
Keita is a hugely effective player when he it fit and firing – he was hailed as “world-class” by none other than Virgil van Dijk last year, while scoring bursts in April and December 2019 showed what he can bring to the table when on form – but unfortunately that has proved to be a rare occurrence in a Liverpool shirt.
Should a big offer come in for him this summer, the Reds could be wise to accept it, allowing them to sign a more reliable replacement.
That being said, the idea of Keita staying for another year would be no bad thing, with Jurgen Klopp then assessing the situation at the end of next season when the midfielder will then be entering the final 12 months of his current contract.
In other news, one Liverpool hero could potentially sign a contract extension at the club. Find out who it is here.
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