Discussions over a contract renewal for Naby Keita have reportedly been put on hold by Liverpool, according to Wayne Veysey of Football Insider.
The 27-year-old’s contract with Liverpool ends this summer and early reports indicated that The Reds did not want to lose Keita for free. The situation has seemingly developed further, however, and Liverpool have reportedly been unable to secure a new deal with Keita, who the website report will leave this summer upon the expiration of his contract.
Liverpool reportedly wanted Keita to take a pay cut with his new contract, largely due to his poor record as a starter due to his litany of injuries. This approach does not seem to have worked and it looks as though Keita will be leaving Anfield this summer.
Keita has made 3 substitute appearances since making his return from injury this winter. The Guinean’s time at the club has been hampered by numerous injuries, with the midfielder finding it difficult to establish himself as a consistent starter for Liverpool as a result.
Keita was signed for a fee north of £50 million from RB Leipzig in 2018 but has failed to regularly capture the kind of form he had in the Bundesliga when playing in the Premier League.