Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has given a big update on Naby Keita’s future at Liverpool.
Romano took to his Here We Go podcast to reveal the latest update;
“Many Liverpool fans have been asking me about Wijnaldum re-joining Liverpool, but there’s nothing, sources tell me that this is fake news, the real priority right now is to extend the contract of Naby Keita.”
Liverpool supporters will surely be gutted that the club are now prioritising dealing with contracts over making new signings for the season ahead, especially when you consider Naby Keita’s lack of availability in the team over his time at the club so far.
Keita made the move to Anfield from RB Leipzig in 2017 for a reported fee of £52.7m and was expected to emulate his impressive form in the Bundesliga, however, the midfielder has been harboured with injuries for long periods which has seen the player largely unavailable to hit the ground running.
The £130k-per-week gem has had a massive 16 different instances of injury or illness accumulating 307 days out of the team which is equal to 62 fixtures for the Reds, but has in his most recent campaign shown his capabilities and talent when he can get a run of games going.
In 23 Premier League appearances Keita has scored three goals, contributed one assist and created two big chances, making two tackles and taking 1.1 shots on goal on average per game, winning the majority of his ground duels (52%), proving that when he is injury-free he can be effective in the team albeit only starting 14 league games.
With that being said, Liverpool must carefully consider their options as they have already wasted millions on Keita sitting in the recovery room. They should not put themselves in the position to do so again by extending his contract instead of appointing a new midfielder who can offer availability and output consistently.