Naby Keita’s long-term future remains with Liverpool, emphasizes Jurgen Klopp as he reveals that the struggling midfielder’s lack of playing time is due to ‘stability needed’ as a result of the Reds injury.
- Naby Keita has not played for Liverpool in the Premier League since March 15
- Jurgen Klopp praised the Guinean midfielder for his attitude to training
- Keita was eliminated in the first half during the Reds’ 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid
- The 26-year-old midfielder’s contract at Anfield will run until the summer of 2023
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Naby Keita’s future lies with Liverpool, despite the Guinean midfielder going through a difficult season.
Keita has failed to establish himself as a regular on the first team at Anfield since joining from RB Leipzig in 2018, and has been used sparingly by Klopp this season.
The 26-year-old has made a total of just nine starts for the Reds this season, sparking speculation about his future. However, Klopp confirmed that he sees Keita’s future at the Merseyside club.
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has only started nine Premier League games this season
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insists Keita’s long-term future remains with the Merseyside club
‘Naby is currently training very well, I must say. Klopp told reporters.
‘He trains very well, like many other players, and looks very good in training. But this year we need stability.
“ We will certainly make changes from time to time, but it’s not like we are now picking seven, eight, nine players to switch and say, ‘Maybe we can win it like this.
“The long-term future of Naby Keita, from my point of view, is here, yes.”
The Guinean midfielder started against Real Madrid but was taken away shortly before half time
The Guinean star surprisingly started against Real Madrid in Liverpool’s first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on April 6.
His rare start, however, ended in disaster after being substituted three minutes before half time.
The Reds lost the tie 3-1 and were then eliminated from the competition after a 0-0 draw in the return game at Anfield.
Keita has yet to play for Liverpool since the defeat in Madrid and his last appearance in the Premier League was against Wolves on March 15. His contract will run until the summer of 2023.