Jurgen Klopp stunned the footballing world tonight as he hooked Naby Keita after 45 minutes, as his side conceded two first half goals against Real Madrid.
Goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio sent Zinedine Zidane’s side in with a 2-0 half time lead and a huge advantage in the two legged tie.
Keita was the first half casualty as Klopp looked to seek out a winning formula, with Thiago coming on to replace Keita.
It hasn’t quite worked for Keita since his arrival from RB Leipzig in summer 2018, when he set Liverpool back a whopping £48 million.
His time at Anfield has been plagued by several injuries, but even when he has been fit, he has failed to have the desired impact.
Tonight could well be the final straw in his Liverpool career, as it is extremely rare to see Klopp make an unforced first half substitute.
Certainly if Liverpool fans had it their way, Keita wouldn’t play again, or at least some of them would say that.
The Guinea international took pelters on social media at half-time tonight after his night to forget.
Here’s what Liverpool fans had to say on Twitter….
Keita is finished for us now @LFC
— Danny Smith (@d_smith1993) April 6, 2021
Keita had one job to avoid giving time and space to kroos and he failed horrendously
Feel sorry for him but he did not do what he was supposed to do
Another one is gini who also has failed to affect the game in any way #RMALIV #ChampionsLeague
— Ameen (@Ameen_LFC) April 6, 2021
I think it’s truly over for Naby Keita.
— Anfield Throne (@AnfieldThrone) April 6, 2021
Certainly not all his fault but I wouldn’t mind never seeing Keita play for Liverpool again
— Drew Collins (@CollinsDrew) April 6, 2021
Keita is our most overrated player on the app
— HITMANHARJ ☬ (@hitmanharj) April 6, 2021