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A man who has witnessed the midfielder’s talent up close is confident that he will show his best form for the Reds if he can overcome his fitness issues.
Near Keita has been endorsed by his former RB Leipzig teammate Peter Gulacsi, who says the Anfield star fighter boasts “incredible quality.”
Keita completed his move to Liverpool from Leipzig in July 2018, and the Merseyside team activated the £ 48 million ($ 67 million) release clause on his contract the previous summer.
However, the 28-year-old hasn’t been able to live up to that high price in his first two and a half years with the Reds due to a combination of form and fitness issues, but Gulacsi still has no doubts about his ability. to perform at the highest level.
What was said?
“TO [Red Bull] Salzburg I spent a season with Naby and then also a season in Leipzig. He’s a fantastic talent, “Gulacsi told the Reds. official website.
“He has incredible quality and when he came to the Bundesliga he changed the whole game here and he was one of the most important players for us.
“In our first season in the Bundesliga we went to finish second in the league, which of course was due to team effort, but Naby was one of the key players, and it’s no wonder that after such a successful season Liverpool will hire him.
“Since then he has suffered quite a few injuries so I think he had a difficult time reaching his best form and playing all the time, but his qualities are not questionable.
“I’m confident that if he can stay fit and healthy, he will again show that kind of consistency at the highest level.”
What has Jurgen Klopp said about Keita?
Keita has been hampered by several injury setbacks since arriving at Anfield, the latest of which has kept him out of action since a 7-0 win over Crystal Palace in December.
When asked for an update on Keita’s recovery, Klopp told a press conference: “He’s had some really good episodes, but obviously it has to be said that he’s had too many injuries too, which hasn’t helped much.
“But he has played very good games for us and scored important goals, he has contributed to our success last year, he was always involved despite injuries.
“These were unfortunate moments when you look at his injuries, they were just minor things [ruled] him off the team. But he has an excellent perspective and is a great player.
“In terms of injuries, we all have to go through these difficulties and once that is behind you, we will have another absolutely great player.”
What is Keita’s record in Liverpool?
Despite his constant injury problems, Keita has still managed to appear in 71 games in all competitions for Liverpool to date, scoring seven goals.
The former Leipzig talisman has also won Champions League and Premier League champion medals during his time at Anfield, while also winning the affection of fans with his action-packed style of play and commitment to the cause of the game. club.
Keita will not be available for the Reds’ Champions League round of 16 first leg against Leipzig in Budapest on Tuesday, but could return in time for the reverse match on March 10.