Die Bullen manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has criticised Naby Keita for failing to find the consistency in his play which saw Liverpool fight so vociferously for his signature.
Liverpool fought intensely last summer to bring Naby Keita to Merseyside this season and ultimately had to settle for a deal that will see him sign a year later.
Despite having such a deal in place, Jurgen Klopp tried to bring him to the club early but was sent packing by the feisty Bundesliga outfit. Leipzig even trolled Liverpool on Twitter after the window closed, with a jibe at the Reds’ failure to sign Keita early.
Keita is still a vital player for last season’s Bundesliga runners-up but manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says that the Guinean has not been as consistently excellent as he was when Die Bullen finished second last year.
Last season, Keita was superb in a high-intensity Leipzig outfit and scored eight goals and provided 7 assists in 31 league appearances. The Guinean only has three goals this season and has only managed to create two goals for teammates and his coach is concerned.
“Naby is not as consistent this year as last year,” Hasenhuttl told Sport Bild. “It’s important that he brings his expectations back to normal levels.
“I’m not one who wants to motivate with fear. I don’t immediately get the whip out in the classic sense and I don’t kick the players non-stop.”
Keita will finally be able to join Liverpool at the end of the season and heading into the 2018/19 season, his dynamism, close control of the ball and incisive passing between the lines will be a big boost in terms of midfield creativity.
Jurgen Klopp will need to add two more midfielders with Emre Can leaving and another needed for depth to challenge for silverware.