‘Naby Keita for £48m is a great deal for Liverpool’

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Goal readers are confident the Guinea international represents a smart signing for the Reds


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In light of Naby Keita’s significant disciplinary problems so far this season, Goal asked readers whether, at £48 million, he represented a good signing for Liverpool.

The Guinea international is one of the brightest African talents in the game today, having played a key role in RasenBallsport Leipzig’s remarkable maiden Bundesliga season last term.

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He was duly signed by Liverpool for an eye-watering fee, and is scheduled to join Jurgen Klopp’s side next summer, following the cumulation of the current campaign.

However, Keita’s recent behaviour has raised questions about whether he has the temperament to become a genuine star in the world game, and realise his undoubted potential.

Naby Keita | 2017-18 Bundesliga stats

The 22-year-old has been nominated for both the CAF and the BBC African Footballer of the Year award, and earned a spot on this year’s Goal 50.

Yet he’s been making headlines for all the wrong reasons following some high-profile indiscretions.

He was filmed attacking a teammate during training—before his move to Anfield was confirmed—and was sent off three times in the space of seven games earlier this season.

Naby Keita

The midfielder was sent off in Leipzig’s German Cup defeat by Bayern Munich in October, also saw red in the 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, and was dismissed in Guinea’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tunisia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

These misdemeanours hint at an underlying immaturity on the powerhouse, who often walks a particularly fine line between being a tenacious, combative midfield dynamo, and a liability for club and country.

However, Goal readers are confident that, despite Keita’s notable failings, he still remains a good deal for Liverpool.

A whopping 87% of those who responded to a recent Goal poll believe that, at £48 million, Keita represents a good deal for Liverpool.

By contrast, only 13% believe that the Reds have overpaid for the box-to-box midfielder.

Keita may have his high-profile drawbacks, but his qualities have clearly convinced our respondents that he’s set to be a major success on Merseyside.

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