Liverpool are reportedly set for decisive talks over Naby Keita’s future ahead of the summer transfer window as they contemplate cashing in on the midfielder.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool plan to sit down and weigh up the pros and cons of selling Keita in the summer.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Let’s pretend that we are Michael Edwards and his team having these decisive talks for a minute. What are the pros of keeping Keita instead of selling him to Leicester? Firstly, they would not be potentially strengthening a direct rival in the Premier League, as Leicester are currently above Liverpool in the table and giving them Keita next season could possibly make Liverpool’s job of winning the title, or finishing in the top four, a harder task.
Secondly, Keita has shown that he is capable of excellent performances in a Liverpool shirt. Last season, he averaged an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.94 in 18 Premier League appearances. This proves that he has the quality required to make a difference at this level and they would be losing that if they allowed him to join Leicester, which could potentially weaken their midfield options.
On the flip side, what are the cons for keeping Keita? Firstly, his injuries have been a massive issue during his time at Anfield so far. Keita has been out on 14 separate occasions for a variety of reasons for Liverpool since arriving at the club in 2018. This inconsistency in his availability is frustrating as it means that Liverpool cannot rely on him to be ready whenever he is needed during a season.
Also, Liverpool could rake in £30m for him. Given the reported financial impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the club, £30m could be a welcome boost to the club’s coffers and potentially give them some cash to reinvest in a replacement or in other areas of the squad.
The cons appear to outweigh the pros due to the financial boost it could give to Liverpool and his availability being a huge cause for concern. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool come to the same conclusion when they have their own talks later this year.
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