'He's got to do better’: Jamie Redknapp says £130k-a-week Liverpool man’s technique was all over the place tonight
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita earned criticism from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp for his missed sitter against Aston Villa.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were given a tough game by Steven Gerrard’s charges at Villa Park, particularly in the first half.
Liverpool conceded after just three minutes, Douglas Luiz heading home after Kostas Tsimikas and Joel Matip collided into each other.
However, the Anfield outfit equalised just three minutes later, thanks to a claret-and-blue defensive howler.
Tyrone Mings made a mess in clearing a Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick.
Virgil van Dijk picked up the rebound and flicked the ball past Emi Martinez, with Joel Matip on hand to make sure the ball crossed the line.
The game settled following the frantic start, and both sides got to half time on a level pegging.
However, Keita was guilty of spurning a gilt-edged opportunity to make it 2-1 to Liverpool on 35 minutes.
The £130,000-a-week midfielder connected well with Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold before running into the box.
Keita was unmarked and had the chance to rifle home from the ensuing cross, but couldn’t get his feet in order and miskicked the effort. This enabled Villa to clear.
“That’s a great chance! He’s got to do better,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports commentary (10/5/22, 20:34).
“A bit of quality, that’s all you’re looking at. His heads up and his technique is all wrong.”
Luckily for Liverpool, it didn’t prove too costly, as they went on to score the winner in the second half.
A Reds break from a Villa corner enabled Diaz to cross for Sadio Mane, who flicked a neat header into the net.
And in the 85th minute, Keita did weigh in with a better effort than his first-half one, narrowly zooming past the post.
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