The midfielder has endured a tough spell at Anfield since transferring from RB Leipzig in 2018
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Naby Keita’s long-term future is at Liverpool, regardless of a tough 2020-21 season for the Guinean.
Keita has didn’t lock down a daily function at Anfield since transferring from RB Leipzig in 2018, and this season has seen him used sparingly by Klopp.
The 26-year-old has made simply 9 whole begins all season for the Reds, resulting in questions over his future with the membership.
What was mentioned?
“It’s a whole lot of issues on this yr, it was actually difficult,” Klopp informed reporters. We needed to change so typically after which within the second you attempt to go for stability, it’s actually like this and that’s what we want.
“You possibly can see now for instance, Man Utd – I believe the final line performed practically the final 20 video games collectively. Then you can also make modifications in every single place as a result of you might have a correct foundation. We by no means had that.
“Then on high of that, then making two or three modifications in midfield simply doesn’t work out in soccer. Folks say, ‘Attempt it.’ We’d attempt undoubtedly if we might be not solely practically positive that it may work out, however you want stability in a soccer workforce.
“Different groups are too good that you simply simply make eight or 9 modifications. That hit just a few gamers this yr. A few of them had been in fact injured, coming again took some time.
“Naby trains very well within the second, I’ve to say. He trains very well, like a whole lot of different gamers, and appears actually good in coaching. However this yr now we want stability.
“We’ll make modifications every now and then undoubtedly, nevertheless it’s not like we decide now seven, eight, 9 gamers to vary and say, ‘Possibly we will win it like this.’ The long-term way forward for Naby Keita, from my viewpoint, is right here, sure.”
Keita was a shock starter towards Actual Madrid in Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final first leg on April 6. Klopp’s experiment, although, did not work.
The midfielder was pulled three minutes earlier than half-time because the Reds misplaced the sport 3-1, and would go on to be eradicated after a 0-0 draw within the second leg.
Keita has not seen the sphere for Liverpool since that match. His final look within the Premier League got here even sooner than that, in a match towards Wolves on March 15.
Keita’s contract at Anfield runs by way of 2023.