Former Everton player Kevin Kilbane thinks the signing of Naby Keita has not worked out as well as Liverpool would have hoped.

Keita joined Liverpool last summer for a fee in the region of £48million, with the Guinea international going on to make 16 starts and nine sub appearances in his first Premier League season.

The 24-year-old scored two goals and notched one assist in that time, as well as bagging a goal in the Champions League, but Kilbane thinks the transfer hasn’t yielded much fruit just yet.

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Speaking on Off The Ball, Kilbane said: “Naby Keita had come into the club to try to provide the team with the burst from midfield to attack, the one that was able to get forward, the one that was able to ball-carry, and it hasn’t really worked out the way that many probably expected him to work out.

“He has not necessarily been a regular across the course of the season, and he (Jurgen Klopp) has always been back to the tried and tested of Jordan Henderson, James Milner.”

Keita did show signs of progress as the season went on and, at 24, still has plenty of time to develop under Jurgen Klopp.

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