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Nicol claims Keita was a bad investment for Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Naby Keita of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on February 9, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The former Scottish international believes what the Reds paid to German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig has not been playing well.

English Premier League side Liverpool paid $69 million to German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig to buy Naby Keita.

But since arriving at Anfield, the player has not scored many goals, which is a little bit disappointing according to former Reds legend and Scottish defender Steve Nicol.

“Let’s be honest, we’ve got five games left and we’re saying he’s starting to pick it up,” Nicol was quoted by Goal.

“I mean, he hasn’t done particularly well. He’s had a couple of games where he’s played back to back but other than that he’s pretty much not been seen much this season.”

“I think in all honesty Klopp will be a little disappointed with what he’s got this season from Keita,” he added.

“There’s no question he fits the mold of Liverpool’s middle three.”

The former Liverpool player commented: “He will get around the field, he will close the ball down, he will get the ball to the front three.”

“But when they bought this guy, the idea was then for him to chip in with some goals as well. He got 14 goals in 57 games in the Bundesliga, that’s a great record for a midfield player.”

“But he’s not been able to do that, not to season in the Premier League. Yes he’s got two in two recently, but it’s a little bit late,” he continued.

“So maybe he’s going to be one of those players who will take a season to figure it out, fit in, and then maybe next year we’ll see what Klopp thought he was getting from Naby Keita.”