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Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann believes his old club should now admit that the signing of Naby Keita has not worked out. The midfielder arrived at Anfield to much fanfare in a £52.75million deal from RB Leipzig back in 2018.
After making just ten Premier League appearances during the last campaign, rumours have increased in recent weeks that Keita could leave Liverpool this summer. Hamman believes the 26-year-old does not suit Liverpool’s style.
“It’s been three years now and you have to say he’s struggled to make his mark”, the German told The Athletic. “There’s been a gulf between the expectation levels when he came in and what he’s been able to deliver. It just hasn’t worked out.
“He’s had a lot of injuries and when he has played he hasn’t done enough. He can’t have any complaints — too often he’s been given chances and not taken them. He doesn’t link play particularly well, he likes to run with the ball and do his own thing. I just don’t really see where he fits into this Liverpool team going forward.
“I can’t see there being much of a market for him in England, but his stock is still pretty high in Germany from what he did at Leipzig. You’d be lucky to get more than £15 million for him. Sometimes you just have to accept something hasn’t worked out and move on.”