Nou Camp midfielder keen on Anfield move.
Liverpool target Seydou Keita has fuelled speculation he could join the Carling Cup holders in the summer.
The Barcelona midfielder was linked with a January switch to Merseyside but the deal didn’t come off.
The Mali international, however, has still not agreed a new contract with the La Liga side and has admitted the lure of Anfield is a strong one.
“A challenge elsewhere would appeal to me, and Liverpool are a great team with great players,” he said.
“We will wait until the end of the season to see what happens. I love Barcelona, it is difficult to find a better team than them, but I am ambitious and want to play football every week.”
Well this sounds very much like a ‘come and get me’ plea from the Mali international and one that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish would do well to heed. The Nou Camp veteran may not adhere to the Anfield side’s overall youthful transfer policy but the Merseyside club have seen just how useful Craig Bellamy can be and should therefore be more than aware of the importance of mixing youth and experience.
Keita has seen his first team activity at the Barcelona steadily decrease over the four seasons he has spent at the club and his call for regular football could be realised at Liverpool but one wonders how the former Seville and Lens man would fit into Dalglish’s plans.
Clearly when fully fit Brazilian international Lucas Leiva will provide the steel Liverpool currently badly miss and given that Liverpool have a dearth of central midfield options, including the likes of Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, where would Keita fit in?
The Barcelona man may be so confident in his obvious ability that he feels he can carve out a role at Anfield and given that a move for the 31 year old would be fairly inexpensive it’s a move that Liverpool should certainly consider as Keita’s breadth of experience could come in very handy.