Former England international Kevin Phillips believes that Liverpool should be looking to hold onto midfielder Naby Keita beyond this season.
Keita, who arrived at Liverpool from RB Leipzig for a transfer fee of £52.75 million in the summer of 2018, has struggled at Anfield.
Keita has had plenty of challenges thrown his way since arriving on Merseyside, which inevitably has led to many questioning whether the Guinea international is good enough for the Reds.
Despite Keita having his doubters, Phillips believes that the midfielder deserves more time to prove himself.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, Phillips said: “I was reading that Klopp may let four or five players go.
“It has been frustrating for Keita. He has been a bit-part player and that is always hard. He has qualities but it is hard when you play one or two games at a time.
“With Wijnaldum, Henderson and Fabinho in there it is always going to be difficult because these are players really consistent.
“I would like to see him stay. You need to give him a run of games, you look at Fred at United now. He is playing week in, week out and needed time to settle.
“I know Jordan has had a few injury problems this year so next year he might get a chance. I would be in no rush to get rid of him if I was Klopp.”
Phillips is spot on. Keita is a terrific player, but there is no denying that he has struggled at Liverpool. The injuries he has suffered are the biggest concern.
The moment he looks as if he will become a regular in Jurgen Klopp’s first XI, another injury appears. The most promising aspect of Keita’s career at Liverpool is the fact that there are times when he looks settled.
One can see the talent he possesses. The midfielder is someone that could be that point of difference in the middle of the park for the Reds, but that is providing he can stay fit.