It would be fair to say that Naby Keita has not yet hit the heights predicted of him at Liverpool. The £52.75 million arrival from RB Leipzig came with plenty of fanfare after several impressive seasons with the German side. However, he has struggled to find his best form at Anfield. His inconsistent display against Wolves in the FA Cup defeat on Monday night perhaps highlighted his difficulties.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are thriving at the top of the Premier League. However, fans were certainly hoping for more from their big money recruit.
But there is one player at Liverpool who should give the Guinean hope.
When Liverpool signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2017 for £35 million eyebrows were raised. The England international did little to quell the doubters in his first few months at Anfield. He could not find form and therefore struggled to play regularly.
However, there is hope for Keita, as Oxlade-Chamberlain proved in 2017-18. From mid-December on, he started to have more of an impact for Liverpool. On Valentine’s Day, he ran Manchester City ragged in a 4-3 win at Anfield. He again gave City hell in the Champions League.
In the second half of the season, he proved key for Liverpool and they ended up missing him in the Champions League final v Real Madrid, after the England international suffered a serious knee injury.
Keita should take heart from Oxlade-Chamberlain. If he can keep dedicating himself to the cause, there is every chance he will turn things around at Anfield.