After suggesting he could ‘imagine’ a move to the Premier League and Liverpool, RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer could deal a blow to former teammate Naby Keita.
Since making the same move from Germany to Anfield in 2018, the Guinean midfielder has struggled to find consistent football in Merseyside after making just 75 appearances for the club. In this context, he has only started 46 of those matches.
Has Naby Keita been a flop at Liverpool?
Yes it was awful.
No, he’s a great player.
It could be due to a number of injuries and at some point poor form, but the main reason for this lack of action is simply that he’s sort of in the pecking order of midfield under the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum would likely be the German’s first-choice trio, while there are also Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner among those offering considerable competition.
Seeing the £ 36million-valued Sabitzer arrive in Merseyside would only increase that competition, seeing Keita fall further down the pecking order.
After all, the Austrian has a “remarkable” presence on the pitch, as former sporting director and RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick suggested.
Comparing Sabitzer and his counterpart Keita, it is unsurprisingly the first to win.
According to WhoScored, he’s attempted more shots per game this season – 2.1-0.9 – and made more key passes – 1-0.6.
Meanwhile, Sabitzer also has a much more defensive presence in the middle of the park, making more interceptions and clearances, while both players are tied on tackles.
So, after being teammates at Red Bull Arena for two years between 2016 and 2018, the two midfielders could once again be reunited at Anfield.
However, Sabitzer’s arrival could actually hurt Keita more than it would help him in the long run, especially since it appears to be the most enduring and lucrative fit of the box-to-box dynamo. of Klopp in the middle.
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