Liverpool fans have expressed their displeasure after reports emerged that Naby Keita could stay on at Anfield.
As per the Mirror (via Anfield Watch), the Reds ‘hope’ Keita will sign a new contract. The 27-year-old’s current deal with the Premier League giants expires next summer. The Express reported earlier this month that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were willing to pay £42.5 million to sign Keita.
However, it now seems that the Guinea international might extend his stay with Jurgen Klopp‘s team.
Liverpool fans have reacted to the latest update regarding Keita with very little optimism. Many took to Twitter to voice their unhappiness.
Here are some of the other reactions to the development:
The failed experiment is being given a new contract. While the stars of the show are walking out.
— Gavin (@g_mann43) June 19, 2022Advertisement
I must admit I’ve watched him closely for several years now and I just don’t get what Jurgen sees in him.
— alex gerrick (@gerrick54) June 19, 2022
No this can’t happen we need to get rid of this man average player injury prone had enough of him till today he prove 1 thing and that 1 thing is that he’s not good enough for lfc and to wear our iconic no. 8
— Chhuantea (@Chhuant04232211) June 19, 2022
Keita joined Liverpool from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2018 in a deal worth around £52.75 million (as per Sky Sports). He made just 22 starts across competitions in his debut campaign, missing a lot of games due to muscle issues and groin injury. That number fell to 16 in the 2019-20 campaign and nine in the 2020-21 season due to more fitness issues.
The 2021-22 campaign was his most successful in terms of appearances, as he played 40 times across competitions, including 25 starts. However, he still doesn’t seem to be a starter and is currently behind Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara in the pecking order.
Overall, Keita has played 116 times for the Reds over the last four years, scoring 11 times and laying out seven assists. He has certainly not justified his price tag, despite winning every competition he has played in for the Reds, barring the FA Community Shield.