He may have had a tough time of things since arriving at Anfield, but Naby Keita produced one of his finest performances in a Liverpool shirt on Saturday afternoon. The Guinea international’s fledgling career on Merseyside has been disrupted by continuous injuries, picking up four separate knocks that have kept him out for a combined 18 games in total as per Transfermarkt.
No clues: Can you name the season these iconic Liverpool images belong to?
But having been given a start against Bournemouth, the 24-year-old quickly set about trying to prove why Jurgen Klopp was right to bring him to the club. The former RB Leipzig man ran the show in the middle of the park, scoring one goal, providing another assist, and completing 89 passes, with Liverpool fans taking to Twitter to voice their delight at his display.
TIME FOR KEITA FC TO RISE UP
— The Liverbird (@TheLiverbird123) 7 December 2019
Beautiful performance, beautiful man.
— (@ChrisvLFC) 7 December 2019
He was incredible today
— Star Boy (@SirLeonP) 7 December 2019
Some Liverpool fans felt Keita’s performance against the Cherries could be the moment he finally steps up and really shows what he is capable of, and produce displays more fitting of his time at Leipzig.
Yesssss always loved this man and knew he would be the right midfielder for us when he was ready it may have taken him longer than he or we wanted it to take, but he’s ready and I’m here for it
— Sem Mutalindwa (@SemMutalindwa) 7 December 2019
Love naby absolutely an amazing player .wait till this lad brings .what he was like at Leipzig .to us mighty reds … outstanding give this lad a chance .
— Lawrence whelan (@Lawrenc97783554) 7 December 2019
— KarlYatesUnbearablyLFC6times (@YatesLfc) 7 December 2019
Keita finally showing his Leipzig form. Bossing it. #BOULIV
— Improper Bostonian (@ImproperBoston1) 7 December 2019
A few fans even raised some incredible comparisons between Keita and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, with suggestions that he could go on to emulate what the Reds hero did.
Naby Keita vs Bournemouth (A) 12/6/19. Goals, assists, highlights. – Better than Gerrard? pic.twitter.com/JA4qPETiGl
— ali (@thefinaIe) 7 December 2019
Naby Keita Please Remove that Mask, we all know it’s Steven Gerrard
We are Liverpool
— Jeff_Tymer 🏴 (@Jeff_Tymer_) 7 December 2019
Keita could be the next Steven Gerrard.
— Glorious Divock (@Biplav111) 7 December 2019
Make no mistake about it, a long season will always mean that players on the fringes of the first-team will get their opportunities to shine, and it will be up to them to ensure that they make the most of it. After starring against Bournemouth, Keita has shown that he will be ready to answer the call whenever Klopp deems necessary.