Liverpool are bracing themselves for the potential exit for Naby Keita, who is set to be transfer listed by the Premier League giants this summer.
According to TransferMarketWeb, Naby Keita’s future at Liverpool could be in turmoil after failing to make the desired impact. The Reds are now reportedly ready to offload him in the summer by placing him on the transfer list as Jurgen Klopp looks to bring in notable changes to the side.
Keita joined Liverpool in the summer of 2018, in a €60 million move from RB Leipzig. Prior to his transfer, he was regarded as one of Bundesliga’s best midfielder, having enjoyed a lot of success under current Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.
However, since arriving at Anfield, Keita has failed to live up to the expectations. Injuries did play its part in marring his progress but Keita’s failure at Liverpool happened purely due to his own futility.
Indeed, the Guinean international found it difficult to replicate his performances in the fast-paced nature of the Premier League. Him failing to impress forced Klopp to rely on Georginio Wijnaldum, who has now made himself an integral part of the Liverpool. In fact, the Reds are reportedly preparing a new deal for the Dutchman.
Moreover, the return of Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain also seems to have affected Keita’s overall importance in the Liverpool side. As a result, he has mustered only 358 minutes of league football, though he missed a number of games due to muscle and groin injury earlier in the season.
Nevertheless, a move away from the Premier League would be the logical move for the 25-year-old at the moment. Perhaps a return to Bundesliga could make sense as he is more suited to the tactical brand of German football compared to the more physical astute nature of English football.
Clubs like Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig could certainly welcome the arrival of a new midfielder while remaining in England is also an option for Keita.
As for Liverpool, Keita’s departure from Anfield could almost guarantee their pursuit of a new creative player in the summer. The Merseyside giants have been linked with a move for Kai Havertz, even though the Bayer Leverkusen star seems to prefer a move to Bayern Munich.
It won’t be easy for the Reds to find a proper replacement or an upgrade over Wijnaldum in the market. But, with the Coronavirus forcing the authority to suspend all footballing activity, it could give Klopp the ample time to plan a potential overhaul this summer.