'Not as consistent' - Manager slams performance of new Liverpool star ahead of big-money move
Incoming Liverpool player Naby Keita has had his performances for Reb Bull Leipzig criticised by his manager for the German side.
Ralph Hassenhutl has been none too impressed with his outgoing star this season after seeing what he believes to be a drop in output from the Guinea international.
As quoted in The Sun, the boss of the Bundesliga outfit said:
“Naby is not as consistent this year as last year. It’s important that he brings his expectations back to normal levels.
“I’m not one who wants to motivate with fear. I don’t immediately get the whip out in the classic sense and I don’t kick the players non-stop.”
News of the 22-year-old’s dip in form may come as a worry for the supporters of the Reds, particularly as only last season – when the midfielder burst onto the scene – he was sone of the newly formed side’s best players.
Keita played a key role in Leipzig’s second-place finish in the German top-flight during the last campaign – their maiden year in the league.
Whether there is any credence to the manager’s comments is questionable.
The Guinean scored eight goals in all of 2016/17 while in 2017/18 he already has seven.
Hassenhutl’s side are also third in the Bundesliga, on goal difference alone, so there is every chance they can still match the second position they achieved in the league last term.
Liverpool have signed the player for £68m but he won’t join until the summer.
Liverpool made attempts during the January transfer window to bring in their signing sooner than in the summer and had offered to pay a further £13million so see that happen but it was rebuffed.
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