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‘End of my tether’ – Pundit fumes at sub-par Liverpool man, tips Klopp to ‘get rid’

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One pundit reckons Jurgen Klopp could ‘get rid’ of Naby Keita next year after another disappointing Liverpool performance.

Klopp was without Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham. That saw Keita and James Milner start in midfield alongside teenager Tyler Morton.

It was a chance for Keita to shine in a big game, but the 26-year-old once again failed to grasp the opportunity.

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He put in a sub-par outing as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Antonio Conte’s side, following a thoroughly entertaining game in north London.

Keita cost Liverpool £48million when joining from RB Leipzig back in July 2018. But the Guinea international has never truly lived up to expectations at Anfield.

He is behind Fabinho, Thiago and Henderson in the pecking order. Keita also has to deal with competition from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Harvey Elliott when both are fit.

The fierce rivalry for places has seen Keita complete 90 minutes just twice in the Premier League this season, with one of those coming against Spurs.

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Pundit Stan Collymore reckons it might be time for the player to move on and for Liverpool to cut their losses.

During an interview with Empire of the Kop, the former striker said: “For me now, I’m getting to the end of my tether with him.

“I wonder at the end of the season whether Jurgen Klopp would look to get rid and whether he’d look to upgrade. There’s a possibility there.


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“There might be other players like Harvey [Elliott] or Curtis Jones that may naturally develop into first-team players with another year behind them.”

18-year-old Elliott was heavily involved towards the start of the season before suffering a nasty injury against Leeds. He should return for the final three months of the campaign.

Keita’s future, in contrast, is far less certain.

Liverpool heading race for Wolves starlet

Meanwhile, Liverpool are the frontrunners to land Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri, according to a report.

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The France U21 star has been making a big impression since his loan move from Angers in October last year. Wolves have signed Ait-Nouri permanently but now face the prospect of him leaving Molineux.

El Nacional claim the defender is a target for Klopp and Liverpool. They apparently want to make him Andy Robertson’s deputy, ahead of Kostas Tsimikas.

However, they are not alone in admiring Ait-Nouri. English rivals Man City and Spurs are keeping tabs on the situation, as are Real Madrid and PSG.

The report does not mention how much it would cost the Reds to complete a deal. Wolves would undoubtedly want to make a profit on the £10m they paid for Ait-Nouri in July.

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Van Bronckhorst wants late midfield signing after losing top Rangers star for the season

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Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is set to dip into the transfer market after midfielder Ianis Hagi was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Romania international suffered a knee injury during his team’s Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion at Ibrox on Friday night and had an operation in London.

Ahead of Rangers’ Premiership game against Livingston at Ibrox on Wednesday night, where midfielders Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are back in contention, Van Bronckhorst said: “He had a knee operation. He needed reconstruction. We won’t see him this season.

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“It is a serious injury so it is bad news. It is a big blow. An important player is not available for the coming months so we are looking to add a player to the squad. But he needs to be a player we think is right.

“You don’t want players in to make up the numbers. You want to have the balance in the team also good. But we are definitely looking to add a player in the coming days.

“I spoke to Ianis this morning, he is in a good place, of course not happy that he has the injury and needed the operation but he’s positive and focused on his recovery.

“We won’t have him for months so that is the bad news for us, the good news is we have Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield back in the squad tomorrow.”

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Players returning at the right time

As well as having Jack and Arfield available for selection, attacker Joe Aribo is on his way back from the Africa Cup of Nations after Nigeria were beaten by Tunisia in the last-16.

Van Bronckhorst said: “It is good to have Joe back. It was not a good result for him at the weekend. It is sad for Joe that he couldn’t play on in the tournament.

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“He is travelling back today and he will be back in Glasgow tonight. So we have to assess him if it is smart for him to be in the squad tomorrow. He will for sure be available for the weekend and after that.”

Van Bronckhorst is expecting a tough test against Livi, whom Rangers beat 3-1 in West Lothian in November.

He said: “We have to make sure we keep our standards and our way of playing and make sure we go for 90 minutes to win the three points.

“They have shown this season already that they can be very hard to beat. In the away game, we had a tough game and scored the third goal later than we wanted.

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“They are quite a good team with a good spirit, they keep it compact. So we have to make sure we are on top of the game to get the three points.”

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Van Bronckhorst wants late midfield signing after losing top Rangers star for the season

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Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is set to dip into the transfer market after midfielder Ianis Hagi was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Romania international suffered a knee injury during his team’s Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion at Ibrox on Friday night and had an operation in London.

Ahead of Rangers’ Premiership game against Livingston at Ibrox on Wednesday night, where midfielders Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are back in contention, Van Bronckhorst said: “He had a knee operation. He needed reconstruction. We won’t see him this season.

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“It is a serious injury so it is bad news. It is a big blow. An important player is not available for the coming months so we are looking to add a player to the squad. But he needs to be a player we think is right.

“You don’t want players in to make up the numbers. You want to have the balance in the team also good. But we are definitely looking to add a player in the coming days.

“I spoke to Ianis this morning, he is in a good place, of course not happy that he has the injury and needed the operation but he’s positive and focused on his recovery.

“We won’t have him for months so that is the bad news for us, the good news is we have Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield back in the squad tomorrow.”

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Players returning at the right time

As well as having Jack and Arfield available for selection, attacker Joe Aribo is on his way back from the Africa Cup of Nations after Nigeria were beaten by Tunisia in the last-16.

Van Bronckhorst said: “It is good to have Joe back. It was not a good result for him at the weekend. It is sad for Joe that he couldn’t play on in the tournament.

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“He is travelling back today and he will be back in Glasgow tonight. So we have to assess him if it is smart for him to be in the squad tomorrow. He will for sure be available for the weekend and after that.”

Van Bronckhorst is expecting a tough test against Livi, whom Rangers beat 3-1 in West Lothian in November.

He said: “We have to make sure we keep our standards and our way of playing and make sure we go for 90 minutes to win the three points.

“They have shown this season already that they can be very hard to beat. In the away game, we had a tough game and scored the third goal later than we wanted.

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“They are quite a good team with a good spirit, they keep it compact. So we have to make sure we are on top of the game to get the three points.”

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