Danny Murphy has today cast doubt on Naby Keita’s ability to improve Liverpool, admitting that he has seen nothing from the two minutes of fuzzy YouTube footage he’s watched to suggest the Guinean midfielder is any better than Jordan Henderson.
Speaking on the Sky Sports football show, The Debate, the former Fulham midfielder – whose only knowledge of the Red Bull Leipzig man comes from roughly 120 seconds of poor quality YouTube footage shown to him by his son – questioned whether he has the requisite technical skills to be considered a true upgrade on what Jurgen Klopp’s side already have.
“Everyone is raving about Keita at the moment. With Coutinho gone to Barca they’re saying that this lad is exactly what we need, but I’m really not convinced. He’s decent, but his impact is minimal and he often disappears from games because of all the captions popping up. Is that really the sort of player that you want at Anfield? I’m not so sure,” said Murphy, adding that he was also dismayed at the annoying music that plays whenever Keita is in possession of the ball.
“Also, while he’s got pace and power, he’s very raw and really not creative enough. Nowhere near as creative as the likes of Mascherano or Lucas Leiva anyway. I’m sure he’ll do a fine job at the club, but personally I believe there are better players out there.”
At press time, Murphy also questioned the wisdom of Liverpool targeting Roma goalkeeper Alisson, a player he described as “someone who probably doesn’t even exist”.