Liverpool must axe Naby Keita

Liverpool are a side renowned for their tendency to do intelligent business, especially since Jurgen Klopp took the reins.

You could probably count on one hand the number of number transfer mistakes during this period, but one which sticks out is the decision to unload an astounding £52.75m to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

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The midfielder made the switch to Anfield for what was at the time a club-record fee but has since seen his chances limited due to poor performances and his injury woes.

A combination of these has led his transfer value to drop exponentially, with the Reds now apparently only in possession of a €15m (£13m-rated) player, via CIES.

Having been at the club for over five years now, a return of just 117 appearances will disappoint Klopp. Especially considering his current injury crisis, in which he is burdened with far too many who cannot seem to keep fit.

Now with his contract due to expire at the end of this current season, the Merseyside outfit could recoup nothing financially after also receiving little from him on the football field too.

It must go down as a rare transfer blunder for Liverpool.

Also, for a midfielder who scored nine and assisted seven the season prior to his move, and again gave 16 goal contributions the year before even that, the fact that the Guinean has only managed a measly 18 goal contributions in his entire stint at Anfield further proves that he has not handled the move to Premier League football with distinct ease.

Despite his astronomical fee, his performances have seen him fall way behind in the pecking order too, with Klopp having to reshape his midfield on numerous occasions during his tenure.

Each time he did this Keita was nowhere to be seen, with the likes of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliot and even the 36-year-old James Milner preferred to him. He must be seen at the club as journalist Josh Williams labels him: a “terrible liability”.

If they can get any kind of financial recuperation for the midfielder in January then they must take it with both hands, as Keita has been a huge dud for the club and has rinsed FSG dry.