The Reds struck a deal with RB Leipzig for the midfielder in August, last year. The deal worth £66.4million will see the 22-year-old arrive in the summer.
Liverpool were reportedly keen to bring in Keita early, in January, now Philippe Coutinho has departed for a record fee. However, the Bundesliga side are intent on keeping the deal as it is.
Emre Can, who is out of contract in the summer, also looks set to move on, with Juventus being the most likely option.
Assessing Liverpool’s options on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Murphy believes Liverpool now have a “gaping hole” in their midfield and are lacking leaders.
“I’m not sure (on Keita), from what I’ve seen,” said Murphy.
“Subconsciously you can look like you’ve downed tools when you’re protecting yourself a little bit, I wouldn’t judge him on that. I don’t know him well enough to say that. What I would say is he’s obviously very athletic, got a lot of qualities – a bit like Jordan Henderson has. Professional, good athlete, does his job really, really well.
“But he isn’t creative enough if you want to challenge for the title and the Champions League. Someone like Gerrard, Souness, Alonso, Mascherano – these type of players.”
Some Liverpool fans didn’t take too kindly to his comments.