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'One goal in about a million games': Paul Merson says 27-year-old is just not good enough for Liverpool

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Paul Merson has claimed that Naby Keita was just not good enough for Liverpool in the recently concluded campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were absolutely incredible last season, but the way the campaign ended left a bitter taste.

The Reds were on course to win the quadruple, but Manchester City retained their title in the Premier League, while Real Madrid got one over the Reds for the second time in four years in the Champions League final.

Liverpool still ended the season with two trophies, which is a fantastic achievement. They have a ton of positives to take, but Merson believes there’s one huge negative as well.

Paul Merson says Naby Keita was not good enough for Liverpool in 2021/22

In his weekly column on Sportskeeda, Merson named Liverpool’s two best players this season, and also the one who simply wasn’t good enough.

The Englishman snubbed Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk to pick Fabinho and Alisson as his two best Liverpool players from last season. The one he just didn’t fancy was Keita, who he feels hasn’t been a good signing at all.

Naming the 27-year-old as the one Liverpool player who is ‘not good enough’, Merson wrote: “Naby Keita’s signing didn’t really do much for me.

“I was a bit shocked when they brought him on in the Champions League final. Liverpool needed a goal, and he’s scored one goal in about a million games.”

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Liverpool splashed an eye-watering £52.7 million to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig (Sky Sports). The Guinea international came in with a lot of hype, but he just hasn’t lived up to it.

Over the last four years, Keita has played 116 games for Liverpool in all competitions. He has scored just 11 goals and provided seven assists, and has missed a grand total of 61 games due to injury. That has clearly not helped him at Anfield, but even when he has been fit, he has struggled to stay consistent.

Keita will enter the final year of his contract this summer and it is very likely that Liverpool will move him on. He’s a fantastic player on his day, nobody can deny that, but it just doesn’t make sense for the Reds to have him around when they can sign someone a lot better.

If Liverpool let Keita leave this summer, they will have to accept a huge loss on the £52.7 million they paid to sign him four years ago.

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