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Report: Liverpool staff are feeling really sorry for their 28-year-old player now



Report: Liverpool staff are feeling really sorry for their 28-year-old player now

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Liverpool staff reportedly felt really sorry for midfielder Naby Keita during his time at the club.

A report from The Athletic has shared all the details behind the 28-year-old’s exit from the club.

There was lots of excitement around the signing of Naby Keita back in 2018.

Liverpool matched the Guinean’s £48m release clause to bring him in from RB Leipzig.

He had a reputation for being a tireless box-to-box midfielder that could chip in with goals and assists too.

Unfortunately, his time at the club simply hasn’t worked out how anyone would have planned.

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He has suffered several serious injuries that have scuppered his time at the club.

It was no surprise when it was announced that he would be leaving the club in the summer.

The original five-year deal he signed when he arrived at Anfield hasn’t been extended which is no surprise.

Liverpool staff are said to have felt sorry for Keita and how his stint at the club has gone.

He should be at the peak of his career now and a new club may be able to get the best out of him after years of being off the pace.

Liverpool staff felt sorry for Keita

The report from The Athletic states that, ‘The first thing to say is that there is plenty of sympathy at Liverpool for the catalogue of injury setbacks that blighted Keita’s time on Merseyside.’

According to Transfermarkt, Keita has missed 84 games due to injury in the past five seasons.

Even when he’s been fit, his absences have made it hard to Jurgen Klopp to integrate him back into the team.

He’s never started more than 16 league games in a season at Liverpool which is a disappointing record.

Keita has already been linked with a move to another Premier League club this summer.

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He has the potential to be a very useful asset, but if he’s unable to fully get over his injury problems then teams will be reluctant to sign him.

Keita believes he will have plenty of clubs to choose from once his contract finally elapses.

Liverpool staff will be wishing Keita the best when his time at the club comes to an end.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up next season.

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England manager Gareth Southgate elaborated a bit more about a phone call he had with Trent, and the potential of him playing his newfound inverted fullback role in the English setup going forward:

“The reason for the conversation was that I felt it was good to chat to him about what he is doing, about how I see it, how he sees it, what it might become. Contrary to what might be the mood music – I have a really good relationship with him and we talk a lot about his game, football.

‌“I’ve always recognised his qualities as a player but he’s just been bloody unlucky that we’ve got Walker, who has just had three of the best games I’ve seen from a right back, Trippier who has probably been one of the outstanding players this season, Reece James also.

‌“So that has been difficult and England won’t have been as fulfilling because he has unbelievable experiences with Liverpool and we haven’t been able to give him the same. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he is a bloody good footballer and you’d like to find a way of it working because of his talents.

“That’s why I felt it was important to call him as I have done in the past. As to what his best position is, who knows moving forward. We shouldn’t be sitting here saying he is a midfielder now because we have a glimpse of that but there’s a lot more to it and could be really exciting but let’s see.”

Both Trent and Jordan Henderson will potentially be in action as England face Malta in Ta’ Qali on 16 June, before playing North Macedonia at Old Trafford three days later

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