Liverpool’s Champions League campaign got off to a winning start on Wednesday evening after goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson helped them to an enthralling 3-2 victory over AC Milan.
The hosts were forced to come from behind after first taking the lead themselves at Anfield. A Fikayo Tomori own goal opened the floodgates within the first 10 minutes before strikes from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz punished Salah for his earlier penalty miss.
However, Liverpool returned to their best following the half-time interval. Salah made amends for his spot-kick woes just three minutes in the second period, and the captain Jordan Henderson secured all three points with a magnificent long-range effort.
Despite there being plenty of positives for the 19-time English champions, it was far from plain sailing for Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
The German tactician will have been disappointed with his side’s sloppiness in both boxes, as well as their lack of control in the centre of the pitch during some tricky spells in the game.
And one player was arguably more at fault than any other for Liverpool’s grip over proceedings loosening during this exciting midweek encounter.
As per SofaScore, Naby Keita received a match rating of just 6.6 out of 10, the lowest total awarded to any outfield player amongst his teammates, explaining why Klopp substituted the Guinea international after 71 minutes.
The 26-year-old has struggled to find his best form since arriving on Merseyside, and this was another underwhelming display from the former RB Leipzig flop.
Keita failed to record a single key passes during his time on the pitch, failed to have a shot and won just 50% of his duels. He also completed just 50% of his attempted dribbles, lost possession eight times and was dribbled past by an opponent on one occasion.
His poor night didn’t cost Liverpool this time around, but it will surely have been enough to ensure his return to the substitute’s bench for the visit of Crystal Palace over the weekend.