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Liverpool midfielder set to leave this summer; Germany an option



Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita set to leave the club with Germany an option

According to Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg (h/t Metro), Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is all set to leave the club in the summer with no contract extension in sight.

The Guinea international, whose current deal at Anfield expires at the end of this season (Transfermarkt), arrived here in 2018 from RB Leipzig and has had an underwhelming five years.

Despite winning all the trophies in club football during his time here, Keita hasn’t done much to be a major reason for all the success, barring maybe the Club World Cup. Injuries galore have led to him missing major chunks of seasons, meaning less time on the field.

As mentioned above, the former Leipzig star might return to German football next season onwards. Galatasaray is considered out of the equation as of now.

After missing the first half of the season due to injuries, the 27-year-old has been a regular starter for Liverpool in 2023. He has started the last four games in all competitions and has looked fairly decent.

Tam McManus criticises Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita and his time at the club.
Naby Keita is set to leave Liverpool in the summer. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

But, when the team is not doing well and getting stretched all over the pitch, the drawback in Keita’s game gets exposed. Or maybe he is not fit enough to play the role of a dynamic runner and ball-carrying midfielder.

If indeed this is the last few months of the Guinean’s stay here, not much of it is to be made. One cannot blame him for getting injured because that is not something you aspire to do. However, players do try their best to minimise their muscle injuries by changing certain routines. Whether Keita tried that and still failed, we do not know!

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The bottom line is that Liverpool as a team won’t miss him when he leaves in the summer, which is a sad indictment on a player who came to us with a lot of promise. If only he could have stayed fit for longer durations of time… he just never got in the groove because of being sidelined most of the time.