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    Thursday, 8 April 2021

    'No where near midfield stars' - Liverpool legend slams Naby Keita

    Naby Keita was ‘nowhere near’ Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in the 3-1 Champions  League defeat at Real Madrid says Jamie Carragher


    Liverpool midfielder Keita made Jurgen Klopp's starting lineup on Tuesday night when they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter finals.

    The former RB Leipzig man got hooked up by Klopp in the first 45 minutes of the encounter as he was replaced by Thiago Alcantara 3 minutes before half-time.

    Carragher told CBS Sports on Paramount about Keita's performance: "That first-half performance I think is one of the worst I have seen under Jurgen Klopp in six years.

    "There was nothing there going forward. No intensity. Given chances up. Lucky it was only 2-0.

    "What I saw in the second half is what I thought I would see for 90 minutes where it was almost a 50-50 game. Real Madrid were still good in the second half. But Liverpool made a game of it.

    "The first half was not acceptable. It was nowhere near good enough. They were miles off it. We talk about the team and the midfield that he picked.

    "Naby Keita went into midfield to put pressure on Kroos and Modric and he was nowhere near them. And ends up getting brought off just before half-time."

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