Pundit issues 'career-ending' Naby Keita claim after Liverpool news from Axa Training Centre
Noel Whelan has claimed Naby Keita’s injury record will end his hopes of making a career in the Premier League as his Liverpool contract nears completion.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 27-year-old cannot be relied upon to play a full season of top-flight action in England.
As revealed by Liverpool assistant Pep Ljinders via club media (8 November), Keita is “still training individually” despite previously stepping up his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The midfielder is yet to feature in league action this season and is yet to play more than 25 Premier League games in a season since joining the Merseysiders in 2018.
His Anfield contract is set to expire at the end of the season – sparking reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham ahead of the January window.
However, Whelan insisted interested clubs must look elsewhere for a “healthier player” as Keita continues to struggle for fitness.
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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I don’t think he’ll be getting a contract when you’ve barely managed to play for a club since signing.
“It would be criminal for Liverpool to give him a new contract. And I think this probably ends his chance of staying and making a career in the Premier League.
“I think you’ve got to look at the reliability of a player, and you can’t rely on him to give you 38 games a season.
“It’s best for both parties for him to run that contract down, he can go to a less robust league and Liverpool and other interested clubs can look to a healthier player.”