Naby Keita’s Liverpool career hit what could be perceived as new low on Tuesday evening.
The Guinian midfielder, signed from RB Leipzig in 2018 to great excitement, was granted a start against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League but lasted just 42 minutes before being hauled off for Thiago Alcantara.
Linked to Leicester City over the past few days by Football Insider, it now might be time for Michael Edwards and Liverpool to take a hit on the midfielder and get him sold.
Due to a combination of poor form, competition at Anfield and injury problems, the 26-year-old has played just 76 matches for the club in all competitions, with just 47 of those being starts.
Even when he has been on the pitch, he has barely contributed. Keita only has seven goals and four assists to his name at Anfield.
For context, the midfielder managed the same amount of goal contributions in his final season at the Red Bull Arena.
Considering that sheer lack of involvement, Liverpool really seem to have wasted a considerable fee on Keita. However, it takes on a completely different complexion considering the wages that the midfielder has earned at Anfield so far.
Paid approximately £6.2m per year, this means that he has already scooped £18.7m in wages since his arrival at Anfield, producing a total cost of £62.7m.
Even worse, Keita’s value only continues to plummet. Since his signing, he is now rated at just £34.2m.
With just two years left on his contract, Liverpool must sell in order to avoid any more depreciation on the player.
Considering the new low he hit in Madrid, it would potentially be wise to take advantage of Leicester’s interest in the 37-cap midfielder.