Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hit the nail on the head with his comments about midfielder Naby Keita.
This Is Anfield reported that Carragher thinks Keita can have a big influence from the midfield and give Jurgen Klopp something the side is currently missing, but he has to get fit and play a string of games first.
Keita is yet to make a Premier League appearance but has featured in the Carabao Cup and the Super Cup this season after he aggravated an injury while playing for Guinea in the African Cup of Nations.
Thankfully his country seemed to have learned their lessen and left the former RB Leipzig man at home for the international break, which we all hope will add some pace to his recovery and reintegration into the squad.
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If Naby Keita can hit the heights he showed while starring in the Bundesliga, Liverpool have got a game changer on their hands – and Jamie Carragher knows it.
“If he brings what he was supposed to bring, that would add something that was maybe lacking slightly in the midfield,” said the Sky Sports pundit.
Liverpool fans have never really seen the best of the 24-year-old, but the good thing is Keita has time on his side. He moved to Merseyside at a relatively young age after scoring six goals and creating five assists in 27 league games for Leipzig.
This is definitely going to be an important campaign for the Guinea international, however, who will need to retain his place in the side and play regularly if he’s to continue developing and growing into the demands that Klopp places on his footballers.
“I think the one before Liverpool look to the transfer market is Naby Keita,” continued Carragher. And he’s hit the nail on the head. The medical staff and the coaches need to get the midfield dynamo going, because if they do he can add an extra dynamic to the Reds’ that is currently lacking.
Liverpool play Manchester United away on Sunday 20th October, and it’ll be interesting to see what side Klopp goes with after his players get back from national duty.