John Barnes admits ‘things haven’t really worked out’ for Naby Keita amid the Liverpool star’s struggle for form as Anfield legend fears Guinean’s place may be under threat as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen this summer
- John Barnes has admitted that ‘things haven’t really worked out’ for Naby Keita
- The 26-year-old has failed to stamp his authority on Liverpool’s midfield
- Keita was hauled off against Real Madrid before half time as they lost 3-1
- Barnes says £50m Keita has been ‘inconsistent’ since joining from RB Leipzig
Liverpool legend John Barnes has admitted ‘things haven’t really worked out’ for Naby Keita at Anfield with the Reds midfielder struggling for form after a torrid evening in Madrid.
The Guinean, 26 was hauled off before half time in the Champions League quarter final first leg against Real Madrid, having failed to put a marker down in the midfield battle with Toni Kroos and Luke Modric.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that Keita’s substitution was taken in a bid to change the game, and Barnes said that the ‘inconsistent’ midfielder’s Anfield future remains in the air.
John Barnes has admitted that ‘things haven’t really worked out’ for Liverpool’s Naby Keita (R)
‘I don’t know what his future holds at Liverpool because I’m not privy to discussions and how they feel about certain a player, but I do think that it’s fair to say that he’s been inconsistent,’ the former England international told Goal.
‘He’s played well at times, but he’s had quite a few injuries that’s meant that he’s not been given a sustained run in the team.
‘I know he’s a good player but things haven’t really worked out. It’s important to say that this happens a lot for lots of different players. This is just the nature of modern football. Whereby players may cost a lot of money and have big reputations but yet, things don’t work out.
‘So yes, it hasn’t worked out for him and it’ll be interesting to see what Liverpool decides to do.’
The 26-year-old has struggled for form at Anfield and was hauled off before half time at Madrid
Barnes says it will be interesting to see what Liverpool decide to do with ‘inconsistent’ Keita
Keita was signed for £50m from RB Leipzig in 2018, but with seven goals and four assists in 76 games, Klopp may be looking to strengthen his midfield this summer, particularly with Georginio Wijnaldum’s future still undecided.
Barnes added that Liverpool will look to bring ‘four or five players’ in to strengthen as they look to reclaim their Premier League crown from Manchester City, who are soaring towards the title.
‘It’ll depend on who they lose and who comes in,’ Barnes said of Keita’s future. ‘Because of course players may go, but football clubs are always looking to strengthen anyway.
‘Generally speaking teams always look to strengthen. Teams always sign four or five players and Liverpool aren’t going to be any different.’
The Anfield legend said Keita’s place may be under threat as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen