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Gulacsi: “Keita has unbelievable quality”

Tue 16 February 2021 | 10:17

The RB Leipzig shot-stopper, who has seen the Guinea international’s game up close, believes that once he is on a richer form from the fitness problems, he’ll show off his true potential.

Peter Gulacsi

has backed his former

RB Leipzig

team-mate

Naby Keita

to prove qualified at

Liverpool

, saying the 26-year-old adds “unbelievable quality”.

The Guinean midfielder joined the Reds in 2018 on a release clause of £48 million ($67m) from RB Leipzig. However, he has failed to prove worthy of his hefty transfer fee since 2018 given the fitness issues he’s been struggling with. Gulacsi is confident about his abilities.

"

At [Red Bull] Salzburg I spent one season with Naby and then also one season in Leipzig. He is a fantastic talent

," Gulacsi said.

"

He has unbelievable quality and when he came to the Bundesliga, he changed the whole game here and he was one of the most important players for us.

"In our first season in the Bundesliga we went to finish second in the league, which was of course down to the team effort, but Naby was one of the key players, and it's no surprise that after such a successful season Liverpool signed him.

"Since then, he's been hit by quite a few injuries, so I think he's had a tough time to really hit his top form and just keep playing all the time, but his qualities are not to question.

"I'm sure that if he can stay fit and healthy then he will show again that kind of consistency on the highest level."

Keita has sustained many injuries ever since he joined Anfield, with the most recent one forcing him out of action since the thumping 7-0 victory over

Crystal Palace

in December.

Klopp provided an update on his recovery: “

He has had some very great spells but obviously you have to say he has had too many injuries as well, which hasn’t helped a lot.

"But he has played some really great games for us and scored important goals, has contributed to our success last year; he was always involved despite the injuries.

“These were unfortunate moments when you look at his injuries, it was just minor things that [ruled] him out from the team. But he has got an excellent perspective and is a great player.

“In terms of injuries, we all have to go through these difficulties and once that’s behind you, we’ll have another absolutely great player.”

Notwithstanding his several injury setbacks, Keita has played in 71 games for his side and met the target seven times.


source: SportMob

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