Jurgen Klopp still has plenty of faith in Naby Keita, according to one journalist. This is despite the midfielder struggling at Liverpool.
This comes from James Pearce. The Athletic journalist gave a Q&A for the outlet where the topic of Naby Keita came up.
It’s Pearce’s belief that Keita is definitely staying with Liverpool this season. Any sale would have represented a dramatic loss over his initial fee of around £53m.
But above all, Jurgen Klopp apparently has faith in Keita.
“He cost £52.75 million,” said Pearce. “If Liverpool had tried to sell him this summer in the current COVID-affected market they would have been lucky to get £15 million for him.
“That would have been a hefty loss and Klopp genuinely still believes in him.
“Keita himself hasn’t shown any interest in wanting to move. He’s happy at Liverpool. He wants to prove himself.”
Jurgen Klopp believes in Keita
Liverpool really did pay £53m for Keita. We can only imagine how bad that would look if not for all the success over the last few years.
Fortunately, Keita is the only big-money signing who hasn’t lived up to the hype – the others have all been sensational.
But Keita just hasn’t clicked with Liverpool. Maybe that’s purely down to his struggles with injuries or perhaps he can’t get his head around the Reds’ style.
Either way, we’ve only ever seen the best of him in flashes, rather than with any consistency.
Pearce made one other note in his Keita summary – his contract expires in 2023. That means he’ll have one year to run come the summer of 2022.
Liverpool will either need him to sign a new contract then or move him on to secure money before he leaves for free. The next year is important, then, as the club decides what to do with Keita.
Despite Klopp’s belief, this really is his final chance.