Liverpool move to avoid 'massive loss' as Naby Keita talks open - pundit
Alan Hutton has suggested Liverpool want to avoid another Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah situation by tying Naby Keita down to a new contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender insisted the Reds will not want to make a “massive loss” on the 27-year-old midfielder.
As reported by the Times (6 June), Liverpool have opened talks over a new deal for the midfielder and he is expected to put pen to paper.
His current terms expire next summer and so Liverpool have reportedly moved to tie him down.
Hutton admitted Keita has been “hit and miss” during his time at Anfield.
However, he suggested the Reds simply do not want to lose him on a free next summer.
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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He has been up and down. That’s the best way I can talk about it. You’ve had moments where you think: ‘Right, they’ve got a very good player here.’
“Then he kind of fell off the radar for a long period of time. I understand them wanting to tie him down, they won’t want to make a massive loss on him.
“There was a lot of hype, I remember, when he first signed. Taking the number eight jersey and all the rest of that. Maybe it’s just taken him a bit of time to settle but he should be fine by now.
“They’re probably not wanting to run another contract down like some of the other ones (Mane and Salah) within the Liverpool squad. Maybe not letting that happen again.
“Hit and miss for me, still question marks above him. Is he the guy that’s going to be the driving force for Liverpool moving forward? I’m not so sure.”