Liverpool beat Brighton 2-0 this afternoon in the Premier League, moving to just three points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, with Pep Guardiola’s side facing Crystal Palace away on Monday night
A brave header from Luis Diaz and a penalty converted by Mohamed Salah secured all three points for the Reds, temporarily moving them ten points clear of Chelsea in third.
While the average match rating for the visitors was 7.17, Guinean midfielder Naby Keita disappointed, only achieving a 6.5 rating as he struggled up against Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister and right-back Tariq Lamptey.
The 27-year-old had fewer touches of the ball than Alisson as Liverpool struggled for control, particularly in midfield with Brighton having the majority of possession. Furthermore, Keita only won one of his six duels throughout the game, failed to complete any of his dribbles or long passes and was dribbled past once at the Amex Stadium.
However, Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the player, having come out with glowing praise of the 26-year-old on Friday amid questions over the possibility of a new contract for the midfielder, who today made his 100th appearance for the Reds.
The Liverpool manager gushed: “Naby’s future will be great. I know that because of the player he is. Until then it makes no sense (to talk about his contract).
“When he looks back at how he played he is an exceptional footballer, that is why we brought him in the first place. Of those 100 games, I think 80 were really good.”
Keita hasn’t yet fully justified his £54m transfer fee, with him now being valued at £27m, just 50% of Liverpool’s outlay in 2018. With the praise of Klopp ringing in his ears, the Guinean unfortunately let his manager down with a subdued performance against the Seagulls today.