What Jamie Carragher said about Naby Keita after Liverpool's CL final defeat

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The dust has settled on an emotional weekend for Liverpool and their supporters.

Against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, it just wasn't to be. A freak goal from Karim Benzema followed by a brace from Gareth Bale was enough to give Real Madrid their 13th European crown in spite of Sadio Mane's strike.

The night will mostly be remembered for the mistakes of Loris Karius, whose Liverpool career must now be in question after two devastating howlers in the final.

Liverpool now face a long summer of rebuilding to try and launch themselves into the Premier League title race and possibly set up another European run.

For the time being, it's an exercise of reflection and relaxation ahead of the World Cup and eventually pre-season.

Keita arriving this summer

That's for the players but next season will already be on the mind of Jurgen Klopp and that, inevitably, includes transfers.

And no matter who Liverpool sign this summer, they already have one purchase in the bank in the form of Naby Keita.

The Reds agreed a deal with RB Leipzig last summer for a then club record fee with Keita now ready to join up with his new team after a final season in Germany.


Carragher on Keita and Liverpool's midfield

After the Champions League final, the Guinea international was also on the mind of club legend and pundit Jamie Carragher. 

Carragher felt Liverpool were lacking offensive quality in the midfield during the final and believes Keita, as well as possibly Nabil Fekir, could fix that very problem for Klopp.

Speaking to Daily Telegraph’s Total Football Podcast, the 40-year-old said: "Going forward I certainly think the midfield needs looking at. That will change, with Keita coming in and talk of Lyon’s captain also coming in who plays that No 10 role. 

“I think we lacked something in midfield [against Real Madrid] I’d say.

“We got to the Champions League final with that midfield three of [Gini] Wijnaldum, [James] Milner, [Jordan] Henderson, they’ve been absolutely superb - but they’re workaholics.

“The class of Real Madrid in the centre of midfield with Kroos and Modric told really.

“We didn’t have a player who could match them on the ball."

In the opinion of Carragher, though, Keita could change that and even more so if Fekir follows him through the Anfield entrance.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

While Liverpool's form didn't wane in the face of Philippe Coutinho's exit, it would still be prudent for Klopp to invest in a player of his ilk.

Meanwhile, Keita can provide driving runs forward that Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum, for all their quality, just can't offer in the same way.

Liverpool already have a brilliant signing under their belt and potentially more to come, so it seems the only way is up.

How do you think Liverpool will fare next season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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