Liverpool’s £50m Disappointment Continues at Werder Bremen: Naby Keita’s Struggles Persist

Naby Keita’s turbulent career trajectory from Liverpool’s high-profile acquisition to his ongoing struggles at Werder Bremen highlights persistent injury woes and disciplinary issues, echoing his tenure at Anfield.

Since his move to Werder Bremen, the 29-year-old midfielder has seen scant playing time, clocking just 80 minutes on the pitch all season and remaining absent from action since October.

Keita’s Liverpool stint began with lofty expectations following his hefty £50 million transfer from RB Leipzig in 2018. However, his time at Anfield was marred by recurring injuries, sidelining him for an astounding 95 games over five years. His departure from Liverpool ensued when his contract expired last summer.

Upon his return to Germany with Werder Bremen, Keita’s injury troubles persisted, with an abductor injury sidelining him as early as July during a pre-season friendly against Oldenburg. This setback caused him to miss the first four league games of the season. Although he made a brief debut against Cologne, playing only one minute, subsequent muscle injuries sustained against Hoffenheim in October have kept him sidelined since.

In addition to his physical setbacks, Keita’s behavior has raised concerns at Werder Bremen. Reports suggest he has faced criticism from the club’s hierarchy for tardiness and reluctance to participate in sponsorship events, eroding trust among top officials.

As Keita grapples with both injury setbacks and disciplinary issues, his future with Werder Bremen beyond the current season remains uncertain, despite signing a three-year deal last summer.

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