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“We’ve waited almost a year to see Naby [Keita] in the Premier League but boy was he worth the wait!”

That was Jamie Redknapp’s (h/t Daily Mail) assessment after Naby Keita’s debut in the Premier League. The Guinea midfielder had to wait for a year before kicking the ball for us but the plaudits keep coming thick and fast from the former Red.

“He is unlike any Liverpool midfielder in the Premier League era. Keita is a pocket rocket brimming with pace and energy but also blessed with technical ability.”

Redknapp seems to be onto something as Keita found it easy against a new look Hammers. Even against Crystal Palace, the former Leipzig star was at his incredible best.

There was a moment where he spun deep inside our own half and lobbed a glorious pass for Mohamed Salah. Although the Egyptian lifted the ball over the bar, that piece of ingenuity, quick thinking and execution certainly got me excited for the rest of the campaign.

Jumping to the Premier League from another country is never easy for any player but Keita looks like he was born for this Liverpool side. I know, it is only two games into the season but the Guinea international has barely put a foot wrong so far.

The 23-year-old has played 177 minutes of football for us this season and even though he hasn’t created a goal or scored one, he is someone to keep an eye on for the rest of the campaign.

Brilliant on the ball for Liverpool

Keita has a pass success rate of 87% and makes 66 passes per game on an average – not a bad stat to be honest. The midfielder is fifth in the list of most passes at Liverpool and only James Milner is the midfielder who is ahead of Keita in this stat.

If we look at some of the defensive work he’s done for us, the Guinea star averages 3 tackles a game and is tied at the top of this stat with Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson.

In fact, his willingness to get into the game can be seen with the number of touches he has had. In his debut match against West Ham (h/t Whoscored), Keita got in 81 touches, which was only better by James Milner and a couple of defenders.

Against Palace (h/t Whoscored), Keita had 83 touches and only Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson got more touches than the Guinean.

While Keita is more often seen on the left side of the midfield, we should see him play a more free role in the games to come, should he continue getting into good positions for the Reds.

The midfielder’s passing range is not bad too as he averages one long ball per game but his best work is when he tries to take players on.

Quick feet, quick decision making and covering almost every inch of the ground. Naby Keita seems perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s playing style at Liverpool.

His understanding with our front three seems good and it will only get better with more games under his belt, which is an ominous sign for our rivals.

One thing missing from his game so far is having cracks at goal but when we have the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in our ranks, you can leave the scoring bit to them.

Read more: Liverpool star closes in on Premier League record held by former Red

It was a bit of a surprise when Klopp was willing to wait a year to get Keita aboard but if the Guinean continues playing like this for the season, we might have a new king of Anfield.

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(Video) Liverpool sends fans down memory lane with memory of fantastic goal



Fabio Aurelio Liverpool

Liverpool pulled a rabbit out of the hat by signing Andy Robertson from Hull City. The Scot wasn’t a big name then and didn’t cost us much but he has been incredible since breaking into the first-team.

The newly appointed Scotland captain is easily one of the best left-backs in the world and is only getting better with game time.

Although Liverpool have finally signed a dependable left-back, that wasn’t the case for many years as Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique never seemed to fulfil their potential.

The Reds were a little unlucky with one player and that was Fabio Aurelio, the Brazilian. The former Valencia player was a Red for six seasons but made just 87 appearances in the Premier League.

The left-back was known for his incredible delivery and had a fantastic moment or two. His goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford is one of our greatest moments post the Champions League win in 2005 and FA Cup in 2006 and the Reds wished the 38-year-old on his birthday.

The Brazilian was great at set-pieces but his injuries prevented him from reaching his potential. Rafa Benitez got the best out of the now 38-year-old but the defender had to retire a few years ago as injuries caught up to him.

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Former Liverpool star claims he wants to play under this manager



Kevin Keegan Liverpool

Kevin Keegan’s managerial career can be remembered for his rant against Manchester United and slumping behind the advertising hoardings after Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3.

The former England star was one of the best during his time as he picked up a couple of Ballon d’Ors and won numerous titles as a player for the Reds.

Keegan certainly knows a thing or two about winning trophies and in a recent interview with the Guardian, the former England captain added that out of the current managers, he would love to play under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds play attacking football but Keegan claimed he saw a bit of himself in Klopp and hence, would have played under our manager.

“I’d have to go for [Jürgen] Klopp because he’s like me.”

“He is going to tackle someone one day.

“I was very close to it [too]. When someone was breaking away and it was near the touchline, and I was stood there, I was very close one day to bringing him down. I really was.”

The 67-year-old is right about Klopp’s passion for the game and that is one reason why we are doing so well. The German has turned us into one of the best sides in the country and it is time for him to break his trophy duck at Anfield.

Read more: Former World Cup winner wants this German superstar to join Liverpool

The Reds last won a trophy in 2012 but with Klopp at the helm and the players producing incredible performances, we may have something to cheer about at the end of the campaign.

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“Wasn’t his best goal”, “He scored better” – Some Liverpool fans are certain Puskas had better goals last season



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah came third in the best men’s player category at the recent FIFA awards but the Liverpool star did pick up the Puskas Award for the best goal of the season.

The winning moment came against Everton on 10th December 2017 as Salah jinked past a couple of players before curling the ball into the net.

The effort was adjudged to be better than Gareth Bale’s strike against us in the Champions League final and Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort against Juventus in the same competition.

Salah was on a tear last season as he broke the Premier League scoring record with 32 goals in the competition. The forward had a number of magical moments and a few fans were convinced this wasn’t the Egyptian’s best goal of the season.

There were brilliant efforts against Watford and Tottenham that come to mind. The 25-year-old hasn’t been on fire this season but the award should come as a handy boost for the remainder of the campaign.

Read more: Fabinho and Mignolet to start: Predicted Liverpool line-up against Chelsea in Carabao Cup

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