Liverpool news: Naby Keita eager to leave, Thiago key man for the Reds
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Since his arrival on Merseyside in July 2018, Keita, 26, has struggled to maintain a consistent first-team place.

Jurgen Klopp benched the Guinea international during Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in April, and he has not featured since, missing out on the matchday squad in Liverpool’s last four games due to injury.

According to reports by AS, the former RB Leipzig star does not agree with Klopp and is searching for a way out of the club, offering himself to Atletico Madrid.

Although Diego Simeone’s side is expected to be in the market for a new midfielder, according to the article, the La Liga leaders aren’t sure he is the best choice for them.

Keita has also been linked with Leicester City and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.

In recent weeks, Fabinho, Thiago, and Georginio Wijnaldum have formed Klopp’s usual midfield three, but the German insisted Keita remains in his plans when speaking at the start of the month.

‘He trains really well, like a lot of other players, and looks really good in training. But this year now we need stability.

‘We will make changes from time to time definitely, but it’s not like we pick now seven, eight, nine players to change and say, ‘Maybe we can win it like this.’

‘The long-term future of Naby Keita, from my point of view, is here, yes.’

Thiago Alcantara is the key man for the Reds

Liverpool news: Naby Keita eager to leave, Thiago key man for the Reds
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As Liverpool nears the end of perhaps the strangest Premier League season ever, the Reds are leaning more and more on Thiago Alcantara.

Due to setbacks entirely beyond his control, the Spaniard has had a tough first year in England, but the timing of each of his better performances in the red jersey has been telling.

Despite performing admirably throughout, it is fair to assume that his performances against Chelsea (following a red card), Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, and Burnley have captivated the majority of fans, with each match posing a similar match scenario.

In both of those games, Liverpool was forced to break down a defensive block, with Thiago almost taking over as Jurgen Klopp’s leader of possession by controlling the tempo and moving the ball from side to side.

Thiago was instrumental in Liverpool’s recent domination over the Magpies, Baggies, and Clarets, breaking a Premier League record in 45 minutes against Chelsea.

Liverpool are almost likely to dominate the bulk of the ball and territory, allowing Thiago to effectively demonstrate what he’s capable of, based on previous events.

After this season, Liverpool should be back to normal in many areas, with players like Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and Joe Gomez returning to the starting lineup after recovering from their respective injuries.

Some rivals will try to attack the Reds, but once Klopp is able to field his best squad, Liverpool normally owns the pitch, and Thiago should have more chances to play like he did against Burnley last night as a result of this governance.

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