Danny Higginbotham has said that Naby Keïta will add a new dimension to the Liverpool front line and that he will have already surprised a few people.
Despite being constantly compared to Chelsea defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante, former RB Leipzig and new Liverpool signing Naby Keïta will have already surprised a number of people after his debut for the Reds.
Starting at Anfield against West Ham, the Guinean showcased his pace, attacking mentality and relentless desire to get the ball forward. He adds a new dimension to Klopp’s attack as he offers incisive passing and the ability to take on opposition midfielders with ease.
This will come as a shock to many rival fans as he has been referred to as a defensive player on numerous occasions when he is an out-and-out box-to-box midfielder.
“It’s brilliant watching him because I think a lot of people looked at Keita and thought he was a defensive midfielder,” he told Sky Sports News.
“He’s not, he’s anything but that, he loves to get forward and he is a real threat. At times it is going to be difficult to unsettle back fours and actually get in behind them but he creates space for others.
“Where Keita comes into his own is that teams are pushed so far back that he can get in these areas [between the opposition defence and midfield].
“I think he is going to bring more to the attack than the defensive side and what he does is that he provides another dynamic. I think he’s an outstanding signing.
“I think what you’ll find is that they’ll defend with the four [two centre-backs and two central midfielders] and give the license to the two full-backs to go forward.
“When they go forward, Keita is going to cause all kinds of problems and actually create more space for the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah.”
Keïta has started his Liverpool career almost as well as he could have and will now look to put comparisons to Steven Gerrard to bed as he seeks to make the no.8 jersey his very own.