Whelan tells Liverpool to 'get rid' of Keita after latest development
Noel Whelan has urged Liverpool to sell Naby Keita this summer as he doesn’t represent value for money amid his latest injury.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed plenty of clubs would be willing to sign the Guinea international.
Keita, 26, is sidelined once again with an injury but Jurgen Klopp didn’t elaborate on the player’s situation before or after his side’s win over Southampton on Saturday.
In February, this site revealed how Keita’s future is up in the air ahead of the summer transfer window.
It is understood that Liverpool value Keita in the region of £30million with Leicester interested in his services.
The midfielder has only made 10 Premier League appearances this season due to his injury woes.
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When asked if Liverpool should cut their losses with Keita, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs:
“When you’ve had a player that you’ve paid a lot of money for but not had the benefits of them through injury or whatever reason, then you’re better trying to offload the player now.
“He’s been a bigger player this season compared to previous years. You’ve got to take a hit, take a loss, there’s no doubt about that.
“He’s a good age and still has that reputation that means clubs will take a chance on him.
“It won’t be for what they bought him for but they will recoup some money back, that’s for sure.
“It’s the right time to get rid of a player who hasn’t contributed a full season.
“There’s no point having players on big wages if they will only play 15 games a season. That’s not value for money.
“You have to be worried about the injury side as well.”
Keita has failed to contribute a goal or assist in 16 total outings this season.
Liverpool are next in action against Manchester United on Thursday.