Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl critical of Naby Keita’s form

Date published: Wednesday 7th February 2018 11:58

RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has questioned the stuttering form of Naby Keita.

Liverpool confirmed back in August that they would sign Keita in summer 2018 after triggering his £48million release clause in addition to paying an undisclosed premium.

There were also suggestions Liverpool tried to speed up his arrival in a bid to get him on board in January.

Bild claimed that the Bundesliga side wanted at least £18million to even consider an early transfer, which led to the German club releasing the following statement:“OFFICIAL: Naby Keita will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018.

“We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed.”

The 22-year-old was sensational last season for Leipzig scoring eight goals and grabbing eight assists, but his form has dipped this season.

He has scored six goals and assisted two in 23 games, missing three games due to a suspension.

“Naby is not as consistent this year as last year,” Hasenhuttl told Sport Bild. “It’s important that he brings his expectations back to normal levels.

“I’m not one who wants to motivate with fear. I don’t immediately get the whip out in the classic sense and I don’t kick the players non-stop.”

 

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