Segments of the Anfield faithful have been critical of Naby Keita this season.
Their frustrations have been clear and do hold some substance. His price tag wasn’t cheap, £48m from RB Leipzig in 2018 in a deal that was agreed the year before. Keita was also criticised by fans following our 3-2 win against West Ham United in February, receiving Whoscored’s lowest match rating of 6.8 and was brought off after 57 minutes.
Supporters are starting to lose patience with Keita, which is completely unnecessary at this stage of his career.
The Guinea captain has picked up a catalogue of injuries since his move from the Bundesliga, from bruises to torn muscle bundles which has seen him miss a total of 27 games, according to TransferMarkt.
Jurgen Klopp has not given him much game time this season, which is difficult when a team is playing at the level that we were before the season ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Keita has only started four Premier League games this season and has only featured in four straight games before being pulled out of the squad or suffering an injury.
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Despite this, he still provides a significant use to the squad. Not only does he build squad depth but his passing ability has been impressive. During his first season, he managed to average of 88.5% pass success rate from 25 games, whereas this campaign he has replicated his form with 88.9%.
Keita still has a lot to give to our team, which he proved in Germany with his six goals and five assists in his final season. Although we have not seen this yet, I believe it’s only a matter of time until we start seeing the best of the Guinean.
His critics have been harsh, who is playing in a squad that is very demanding. He will come good. I’m sure of it.