Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is unlikely to renew his deal at Anfield, meaning he is set to leave the club on a free transfer this summer.
That’s according to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg.
Out of contract at the end of the season, questions have arisen over the 27-year-old’s future at the club.
Available to leave for free in less than six months’ time, there are various suitors interested in landing the Guinea international.
As per Plettenberg’s report, a contract extension with the Merseyside outfit is unlikely at this stage.
Therefore, he is ‘on [the] verge’ of leaving the Reds as a free agent in the summer.
However, the journalist rejects claims Keita is set to join Galatasaray, instead touting a possible return to Germany.
Keita set to leave Liverpool this summer
Having arrived at Liverpool in 2018 in a deal worth £52.75m, fans had high hopes for Keita.
However, despite glimpses of brilliance and signs he should start week-in week-out for the Reds, the midfielder has never maintained consistency at Anfield.
During his four-and-a-half-year stint, the former RB Leipzig star has made 127 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, during which he has bagged 11 goals and seven assists.
The 27-year-old has seemed to go through phases of dominating play for a couple of weeks, to then sustaining injuries which keep him out of action for an even longer period of time.
As a result, Keita has never been able to secure his spot in the starting XI, as his fitness remains a genuine worry.
On a contract worth £130,000-a-week, this has proven costly for Liverpool.
Therefore, despite his incredible talent with the ball, it is probably the right time to see the player go.
However, it will be a sad day for the squad, as he seems like a brilliant person to have around behind the scenes at Kirkby.