Liverpool- Naby Keita
Naby Keita, what a disappointment he has been for the Reds. Liverpool were so confident that he would eventually become their midfield bedrock that they shelled out £52 million for him and handed him Steven Gerrard’s legendary number 8 shirt.
However, Keita has failed to replicate his form from RB Leipzig at the Anfield, that is when he does play. The Midfielder has spent more time healing from injuries than he has in the middle of the park and when he’s fit, he offers nothing to make Klopp select him above the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In the Jurgen Klopp era, Liverpool have only spent more than £10 million ten times. The signings are Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, Virgil Van Dijk and Wijnaldum. All of them have established themselves as vital components of the squad while Naby Keita sticks out like a sore thumb.
However, Liverpool fans are convinced that Keita will come good. They cite his dribbling, movement and intelligent use of both space and possession at Leipzig as good enough reasons for his massive price tag. However, until the midfielder does the same for the Reds, he will be Liverpool’s most overrated player.
Tottenham- Dele Alli
Dele Alli burst onto the scene as a fiery 19-year old. In his first two seasons, he notched up 28 goals for Tottenham and provided 16 assists. He was twice named the PFA young player of the season. However, he has struggled with a series of injuries after featuring for England in the 2018 world cup.
This has had an effect on his impact on the field. In the next two seasons, Alli would find the back of the net only 14 times; half of what he had notched before. He also assisted fewer times and failed to play 30 games for the first time, last season.
Alli has only featured thrice for the Lilywhites this season and has played for a combined 210 minutes. He has notched a solitary goal for them and has looked far from his best. Is it possible that Alli is suffering a burnout after playing too much football? Or perhaps he is just going through a lean phase and will eventually overcome it. He is only 23 after all.