Liverpool have made only one new signing this summer with Ibrahima Konate arriving from RB Leipzig. However, they were able to tie down their key players into new long term contracts this summer. The next big name for Liverpool on the list is Naby Keita.
With Georginio Wijnaldum leaving the club for free in the last transfer window, the Reds would be eager to tie knots with Keita.
With only two years left on his current contract which he signed following his 48 million arrival from RB Leipzig in 2018, Liverpool are expected to enter into talks with Naby Keita over the extension of his contract,
However, according to reports from German citation Bild football expert Christian Falk, Naby Keita could decline a new contract, unless given a prominent role in the team and is in no hurry to sign an extension.
“It is true that there was an initial discussion with his management; of course, they would like to extend the contract with Keita, but he wants to play for them.“ Falk said, as per the report by Sports Witness.
Adding to it, the reporter said
“If he doesn’t join the team soon, there won’t be any further progress in extending his contract.
“He can look at his contract, which runs until 2023 and is in no hurry to extend it, so there has to be some sporting arguments to get him to sign.”
Why signing a new contract extension of Keita is important for Liverpool ?
Liverpool tying Naby Keita for a new deal is extremely important. Otherwise, the club has to suffer a huge loss for the record fee they paid back in 2018.
Keita scored with an excellent individual effort in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last week in the Premier League fixture. And games like these show that moving forward he could become a regular starter in the first team.
When fit, Keita gets games and is also seen as an important player by Jurgen Klopp. His impactful performances are undeniable when he is in the form.
From all the midfielders in the team, Keita has unique strengths. He is very dangerous when he is allowed to move the ball unchallenged. With his ability to move from deep, through the heart of the midfield towards the defence. And even if he is double marked by the opposition, he is more than capable to sustain possession.
The 26-year-old also works back tirelessly during moments of defensive transitions. His box to box runs are consistent and effective.
The Guinean’s talent is unquestionable. But as things stand, looking at his injury records there has to be no basis for demanding a prominent role at the club.