Liverpool’s overlooked man now has one last chance to repay manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool will be expecting to compete for trophies this season, and certain individuals of the squad will have to step up.
Naby Keita is one Liverpool player who cannot afford to have another disappointing season. The Guinean midfielder was regarded as a major coup by those connected with the Reds back in 2017, when he was signed for a then-club-record sum.
As part of the deal, Liverpool were willing to wait another year for Keita to arrive at Anfield, and began working with the former RB Leipzig player in the summer of 2018.
By the time Liverpool agreed to purchase Keita, he had already been named to the Bundesliga Team of the Season for the 2016/17 season and had established himself as a key role at Leipzig.
However, following a rocky start to life at Liverpool, the same player has not been seen on Merseyside, leaving many fans unhappy.
Keita has been plagued by injuries throughout his time at the club, but when healthy and available for selection, he has failed to impress.
Working with teammates such as Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, the 26-year-old has been unable to match the achievements of those around him, and now faces a battle to regain his manager’s trust.
Jurgen Klopp couldn’t hide his delight after a deal to sign Keita was reached, and he talked highly of the midfielder throughout the discussion.
“He is the player of the league,” Klopp stated. He was the flier last season, along with Thiago Alcantara, who had a tremendous season for Bayern.
“He’s been doing it for the past two or three years in various leagues. He is still a small child. So that’s fantastic news.
“OK, we’ll have to wait, but there are times when you have to wait for something truly special. I have no objections about this; as you could expect, I would have chosen a different circumstance, but that is not an issue. It’s fine.”
The Reds’ manager will have wished to see more from Keita when he is fit and in the team to justify the club’s decision to invest over £50 million on him – but there is still time for Keita to win fans over.
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