Former Liverpool player Glen Johnson believes midfielder Naby Keita has not lived up to his promise after signing from RB Leipzig in 2018.
The Guinea international had a reputation as one of the best players in the Bundesliga when he made the move to the Premier League but persistent trouble with injuries has meant he has had a stop/start Liverpool career.
Speaking to bettingodds.com, ex England international Johnson believes that the 26 year old has not established himself as a regular starter and suggests if he could be replaced with Brighton's Yves Bissouma it would represent good business.
“He arrived at Liverpool with a massive reputation but sadly he hasn’t really lived up to it currently.
I still think he’s a good player and he’s certainly a good squad player but he’s never been a player consistently in their starting XI.
If they could agree a deal to sell Keïta and then get someone like Yves Bissouma in as a replacement then that would probably be good business.
With big signings like Keïta you want them to be banging the door down rather than accepting a role as a squad player.”
There is no doubt Naby Keita has the potential to be a tremendous player in the Liverpool midfield.
However, the fact he is 26 and we are still talking about potential is concerning as he should now be established as a regular first choice.
There is hope he could still take the second half of the season by storm but Johnson's suggestion of replacing him with a younger, more durable Bissouma makes sense.
This was something I explored previously in our 'Keep or Sell' series.
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