As Naby Keita approaches his fifth entire season at Anfield, the midfielder is yet to sign a contract extension for the Reds. His current contract expires this summer. The Guinean international signed for Liverpool from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018. He has yet to play 100 games for the club, he signed for a fee worth up to a reported £59million. He took the legendary number 8 shirt previously worn by local hero and former captain Steven Gerrard. Keita was under immediate pressure after he was awarded such a legendary kit number. His time at Liverpool has been plagued by injuries. He spent a lot of time struggling to establish his place in the first team on a regular basis.
Naby Keita leaving on a free transfer in the summer will go down as one of the worst pieces of business Liverpool have done financially in recent years. Keita is still only 27 years old. Losing a player on a free deal in his prime after paying almost £60million is never a good sign. At the same time, it will also free up the wage bill. Sports website spotrac.com report that Keita earns £120,000 per week.