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Liverpool Should Be Worried About Naby Keita’s Discipline After Another Moment Of Madness

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 25: Naby Keita (R) of Leipzig is sent off by referee Felix Zwayer (2nd L) during the DFB Cup match between RB Leipzig and Bayern Muenchen at Red Bull Arena on October 25, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

With RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita set to join Liverpool next summer, the Guinean international is seemingly intent on giving himself as much of a rest as he can beforehand.

The Premier League club announced back in August that they had agreed to sign Keita in a club-record deal beleived to be worth around £55m – but ever since the move was announced, serious questions have begun to surface regarding his discipline.

RB Leipzig were in DFB-Pokal action on Wednesday night in a massive tie with title rivals (and defending league champions) Bayern Munich, in a match that ideally Leipzig would like to keep all of their players on for.

Keita, however, wasn’t having any of that, and saw red – for the third time in just seven matches for club and country – just eight minutes into the second half for a second bookable offence. It as doubly frustrating for all concerned as, by all accounts, the 22-year-old had been enjoying a fine game up until that point.

Down to ten men, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side were still close to pulling off an unlikely win. Emil Forsberg’s 68th minute penalty threatened to cause an upset, but Thiago levelled it up with just over fifteen minutes remaining. RB Leipzig would later go out on penalties, but credit must still go to them for bringing Bayern through extra time despite their numerical disadvantage.

Hasenhüttl was adamant after the match that Keita’s red card was harsh, particularly given how easily Robert Lewandowski went down under the challenge, but picking up another red card in such a short space of time is a worrying trend, and one that is starting to concern some people:

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.