Glen Johnson has told Liverpool to bolster midfield this January and thinks replacing Naby Keita with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma would be ‘good business’ for his old club.
The Guinea international completed a transfer from RB Leipzig to the Reds with big expectations on his shoulders back four years ago.
But the star has struggled to live up to his eye-catching £48 million price tag across a disappointing two-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside.
Naby has been plagued by injury throughout his stay at Anfield and has made just nine starts across all competitions this season.
Manager Jurgen Klopp feels midfield signings are needed and there has been mounting talk linking Yves with them in recent weeks.
He still has 18 months remaining on his existing contract, though, and the Seagulls are reportedly demanding a sum in excess of £50 million for their prized asset.
But speaking to bettingodds.com, the ex-Liverpool and England defender encouraged his former club to pay the money for him given Naby had flattered to deceive for so long in the senior team.
‘He [Keita] arrived at Liverpool with a massive reputation but sadly he hasn’t really lived up to it currently,’ Glen said.
‘I still think he’s a good player and he’s certainly a good squad player but he’s never been a player consistently in their starting XI.
‘If they could agree a deal to sell Keita and then get someone like Yves Bissouma in as a replacement, then that would probably be good business.
‘With big signings like Keita you want them to be banging the door down rather than accepting a role as a squad player.’