Kevin Kilbane comments on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita

Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner (L) holds the European Champion Clubs' Cup trophy as he stands with teammates (2LtoR) Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,...

Naby Keita officially moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2018.

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Kevin Kilbane suggested on Off The Ball that the signing of Naby Keita has not worked out for Liverpool as it was expected.


Back in the summer of 2017, Liverpool agreed a deal with RB Leipzig over the transfer of Keita in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee of £48 million, as reported on BBC Sport.

The 24-year-old Guinea international midfielder made 16 starts and nine substitute appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool this season, scoring two goals and providing one assist in the process, according to WhoScored.

Keita also made four starts and two substitute appearances in the Champions League for Jurgen Klopp’s side this campaign, scoring one goal in the process, according to WhoScored.


Kevin Kilbane's take

Former Everton star Kilbane has suggested that the signing of Keita has not worked out as expected.

Kilbane said on Off The Ball: “Naby Keita had come into the club to try to provide the team with the burst from midfield to attack, the one that was able to get forward, the one that was able to ball-carry, and it hasn’t really worked out the way that many probably expected him to work out.

"He has not necessarily been a regular across the course of the season, and he (Jurgen Klopp) has always been back to the tried and tested of Jordan Henderson, James Milner.”

Naby Keita of Liverpool and Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on...

Praise for Georginio Wijnaldum

Meanwhile, former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has praised Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

The former England international believes that Wijnaldum has been an unsung hero for Liverpool this season.

The Reds finished second in the Premier League this season and also won the Champions League.

According to WhoScored, Wijnaldum scored three goals in 35 Premier League appearances and found the net twice in 12 Champions League matches for Liverpool this campaign.

Parlour said about Wijnaldum on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT (7:08am, June 7, 2019): “I think Wijnaldum has been a really unsung hero at Liverpool as well. I think he has been brilliant this year.”

Georginio Wijnaldum of The Netherlands battles for the ball with Nelson Semedo of Portugal during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on...

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