The future of Naby Keita is reportedly in the balance but Liverpool shouldn’t be selling him for anything less than a huge fee.
The Mirror say that Keita’s future ‘hangs in the balance’ and few could dispute that too much. The Guinean has struggled to nail down a spot at Liverpool, suffering derailing injuries at inopportune times.
But even without the injuries, Keita’s great displays have been few and far between. He’s clearly very talented but it’s unclear whether he fits in.
We have him down as sixth-choice, with a mix of his own inconsistencies and other players thriving hurting Keita. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that anyone would fear for his future at Anfield.
That said, Liverpool should still only consider huge offers before selling Keita.
There are reasons to sell, for sure. He’s an expensively-paid sixth-choice, for one thing, with BILD estimating his yearly wage at €12m-a-year.
Then there’s the fact that any player far down the pecking order is available for sale. You don’t really need them, after all.
But then, Liverpool also don’t need the money. They’re a big club that doesn’t require a mass spend in the summer. They also didn’t spend anything ahead of this season – there has to be a cash reserve.
Keita is still only 25, too, and may not peak for another few years. Just look at how much Jordan Henderson has improved, for instance.
So given that Liverpool reportedly paid £53m for Keita two years ago, it would have to take a huge offer being they consider selling.
So while Keita’s position is far from safe at Liverpool, things line up in a way that will likely see him remain. He’s still worth taking a risk on, for anything other than a very high price that sees them at least recoup what they paid.