Andy Robertson was impressed by the intensity of Naby Keita’s pressing in training for Liverpool yesterday.
As seen on LFCTV’s Inside Training video, Robertson applauded what Keita did in training in Austria.
“Good Naby! Good touch,” the 28-year-old roared as Keita pinched the ball from Darwin Nunez’s toes during a rondo.
Liverpool’s number 8 showed great hunger to win the ball back, steaming across the circle to cut out Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pace. Looking sharp, Naby.
All quiet on the contract front for Naby
We’re barely a week away from the new season now, and it’s all gone a little quiet on the new contract front for Keita.
The 27-year-old has now entered the final year of his deal. There had been strong rumours that an agreement on a new one could be just around the corner, but it hasn’t happened that way.
Instead, there is a growing possibility that Liverpool will lose a player they spent £48m on for nothing in a year’s time.
If Liverpool aren’t planning to keep him beyond 2023, or talks have broken down, then it would make sense to try to move him on in the coming weeks.
That seems an impossibility at this stage. Finding a suitor at the price Liverpool would want and then sourcing a replacement in time feels like a big ask with around a month of the transfer window left.
As a result, it feels as though Keita is still likely to sign a new contract at Anfield. Even if it’s just to protect his value for another year, it’s worth it.
Four years into his career on Merseyside, many are still waiting for the Guinean to really spark into life. In some ways it makes sense that he wouldn’t be offered a new deal. But what wouldn’t make sense is for Liverpool to let him walk away in his peak years for absolutely nothing.
Something has to give.