Date: 27th April 2020 at 4:00pm
Written by:

Plenty of online debate has been generated among some Liverpool fans about Naby Keita’s time at the club and his future at Anfield, in response to an article written by James Pearce for The Athletic.

The author of the piece, which is titled ‘The Keita conundrum – how do Liverpool get the best out of him?’, also shared it on his Twitter profile @JamesPearceLFC, with numerous Reds supporter weighing in with polarised opinions of the midfielder.

The Guinea international cost Liverpool £52.75m when he arrived from RB Leipzig in 2018 (as per Sky Sports) and he has had a decidedly mixed couple of years at Anfield. He has enjoyed a couple of impressive goal-scoring bursts, with three-goal bursts in quick succession during spells in April and December of last year, but those remain the only six goals he has netted in 51 appearances for the club.

Keita’s time at Liverpool has been dogged by injuries, which ended his first season at Anfield prematurely and have also blighted him on several occasions in the current campaign, with the 25-year-old making only four starts in the 2019/20 Premier League.

These Liverpool fans on Twitter had a mixture of views on the Guinean – one Kopite reckons he is a better player than fellow Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (a regular presence in the first XI), whereas others have grown frustrated with what they feel is a substandard return on the club’s investment in him:

Liverpool fans, do you think Keita has had a raw deal at Anfield and will grow to become a key player or is he simply not reliable enough given his chequered injury record? Join in the discussion by commenting below!