Liverpool are to have on upgrade on Naby Keita with the signing of Rennes midfielder Camavinga due to Naby keita being unlucky with injuries.
The Guinean is reportedly perfect for the way that Klopp’s Liverpool team is being set up: exceptional, at his best, both on and off the ball, and capable of producing excellent all-round showings.
However, Naby Keita‘s problem has been clear: his injury record is poor, and it is no use being good on paper if that cannot be translated to grass.
According to Transfermarkt, Keita has had 14 separate injuries since arriving at Anfield, and while Klopp clearly still has a huge amount of faith in the 26-year-old – he started him away at Real Madrid, even though he lasted just 42 minutes , which is not good for the £52m man three years on from transferring from RB Leipzig.
Also, In 18-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga lies a player who offers a similar style of play to Keita, but who has an impeccable injury record so far in his career.
“He looks like the type of player that you don’t see very often,” said Josh Williams on the latest Under The Radar podcast from Blood Red.
“Klopp likes well-rounded players and Camavinga is that. He possesses a well-rounded skillset and is more defensive, but can dribble and get forward if get out of tight spaces if he needs to.
“With players at that age, they normally have to learn and make mistakes and for teams like Liverpool, I’m wary of signing them because you can suffer as they learn, but Camavinga is ahead of that.”
Rennes are not desperate to sell despite the problems in French football with their collapsed TV deal, as they are owned by businessman Francois Pinault, an independent, wealthy backer.
But Liverpool could still take advantage of a market inefficiency and get hold of Camavinga on the cheap this summer.
“A player of that age and potential usually costs a fair bit but the difference here is his contract,” Williams added.
“He is contracted until 2022 and people are led to believe that he is not signing [an extension] so that brings his value down.
“When Liverpool recruit, it is all about exploiting inefficiencies in the market and you have an 18-year-old with a really high ceiling but with a limited contract.
“If he is not signing, his club will want to get rid in the summer or they risk losing him for free.