Liverpool given worrying warning over major buy’s ability to handle the Prem
A former teammate of a Liverpool flop has detailed the lengthy list of special requirements the Reds star needs to start proving the doubters wrong in England.
Since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have been lauded for their success rate in the transfer market. Other clubs have seen patchy returns when forking out huge sums, whereas the Reds have hit the jackpot on almost every attempt. Of the club’s six signings bought for over £40m, five have been an unqualified success. The odd man out is Naby Keita.
The Guinea international arrived from RB Leipzig in 2018 for £52.75m. Liverpool beat off stiff competition for the all-action midfielder, ultimately paying a premium to secure his services one year before he would link up at Anfield.
However, since arriving, Keita has failed to meet expectations. Amid persistent injury issues and poor form when available, Keita has failed to make an impact in three full seasons.
His failure to deliver in England is surprising to many, though not, it seems, to former teammate Willi Orban.
The Leipzig centre-half knows Keita well from their time together in the Bundesliga. As such, Orban has revealed the “sensitive” midfielder requires a lot of extra effort to bring out his best.