Danny Mills claims it is “make or break” for Naby Keita at Liverpool next season as the midfielder impresses in the lead up to the Premier League’s return.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 25-year-old has “had enough time to settle” and urged him to take advantage of what will be a fresh start when the season is resumed.

Keita was on target for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they thrashed Blackburn Rovers 6-0 in a friendly on Thursday as preparations ramp up for the Merseyside derby this Sunday.

The Guinean has been limited to just 18 appearances this term having struggled with injuries that have characterised his time at Anfield so far.

Mills suggested Klopp will give fringe players like Keita greater game time if the Premier League title is wrapped up early.

“Jurgen Klopp will have the luxury of looking round at his players,” he told Football Insider.

“Once they have got the six points that they need they can start to drop one or two players in. He won’t make wholesale changes but he will look at one or two and give them an opportunity to prove themselves ahead of next season.

“It is a fresh start for a lot of players. Some may relish playing under a little less pressure.

“I think it is make a break for Keita next season. He needs to make a real impact if he is going to stay at Liverpool long-term.

“He has had enough time to settle in now and get used to his surroundings, teammates and the way that Klopp works.

“If he has not grasped that by next season and is not really pushing to be in the first team week in, week out, he might not be the right fit.”   

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