Reports indicate that Liverpool are interested in signing Naby Keita from Red Bull Salzburg, with the Guinean one of the most in-form midfielders in Europe.
At certain times this season, Liverpool’s midfield has looked bereft of energy and dynamism. When either of Henderson, Lallana or Wijnaldum are out injured and Emre Can has to deputise, the midfield loses both fluidity and defensive solidity.
Summer signing Marko Grujic has essentially been out for the entire season, playing no significant part in the campaign due to injury.
A player that has been recognised this season for his superb form is Red Bull Salzburg’s Naby Keita. The dynamic midfielder is exactly what is missing from the engine room on Merseyside with his energy and pace important but his steel in the tackle vital.
Too often, Liverpool’s midfielders have lost games in the midfield where they failed to win the second ball and were hit on the counter-attack. This happened time and time again on Monday night when Leicester City exposed Jürgen Klopp’s poor tactical decisions.
Liverpool interested in signing Naby Keita
Goal report that Liverpool looking at Keita as an option to sign in the summer. “Liverpool are considering RB Leipzig lynchpin Naby Keita as one of the options to dynamise their midfield in the summer,” the website claims.
The chances of signing Keita are complicated hugely by the number of clubs interested. Arsenal, Dortmund and Bayern Munich have all taken a keen interest and Salzburg have already begun negotiations to extend his current deal at the club and make him the highest wage earner.
Not only are they offering him more money, but next season they will be able to offer him Champions League football. Unless Liverpool really pull up their socks, it doesn’t look like this season will yield a top-four finish, which would be most unfortunate given how it began.
If Liverpool can attract players like Keita, both for his quality and his suitability in the middle of the park, then Klopp will be able to restructure a team which is so average on the whole.