Saturday saw a routine victory for Liverpool. The Reds cruised to victory on the South Coast as they pasted Bournemouth 3-0 at Dean Court. Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mo Salah made it a walk in the park for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Liverpool fans were overjoyed by Naby Keita against Bournemouth – the Guinean was awarded the club’s MOTM award.
Since his arrival in 2018 for around £52m, the Guinean midfielder has struggled for a run of games in the side. His fitness has been the main obstacle as he has been sidelined with injury for much of his Liverpool career.
We are also all aware of just how zealous Jürgen Klopp can be when it comes to not playing a new signing regularly until he feels they are up to speed with the team’s style of play.
It appears that the former RB Leipzig man is finally up to scratch, Naby Keita scored and assisted against Bournemouth and looked threatening throughout the game.
This Kopite was enamoured with the midfielder’s MOTM performance.
What a performance from this guy yesterday🤩 MOTM😎 Needed time to settle in fully and now he’s looking fully fit and settled in. Hope he continues this form👏 Well done Keita🙌😃💪✌ pic.twitter.com/70anWZn1G2
— LFC Forever & FPL🙌🙏✌🔴🤩 (@amitava_auddy) December 8, 2019
One fan was excited to finally see Naby link up with the Egyptian King, Mo Salah.
This is the link up that we’ve been waiting for. Incredible assist and super finish from Keita. Hope he stays fit especially during this time of the year 🤞pic.twitter.com/1RC24QXjp8
— Colm 🇮🇪 (@ColmQ12) December 8, 2019
A Liverpool fan account outlined the numbers that added up for one incredibly impressive performance.
Naby Keita vs Bournemouth:
9.4 rating (MOTM)
95% Passing accuracy
3 Key Passes
1 Big chance created
1/1 Dribble attempts
5/7 Ground duels won
World class performance. Much to improve 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/rHbYVgen8Z
— 🏆🏆🏆twt_liverpool🏆🏆🏆 (@twt_liverpool) December 8, 2019
This Red thought that Naby Keita earned that coveted number eight shirt against Bournemouth.
Naby Keita really earned the no.8 shirt today. That’s a heavy one to wear.
— LFC Views (@Mobyhaque1) December 7, 2019
One Twitter user insisted that if he keeps performing to the same standard and he keeps himself fit, he could be priceless for the Reds.
LFC need Keita to keep unlocking defences. If he peforms like he did against Bournemouth and stays fit, he could be a priceless in the second half of the campaign.#MOTD
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) December 7, 2019
This statistician referred to Naby Keita against Bournemouth as “the complete midfield performance”.
Naby Keïta vs Bournemouth:
• 13 ball recoveries – most on the pitch
• 30 attacking third passes – most on the pitch
• 3 chances created – most on the pitch
• 1 goal
• 1 assist
The all-round complete midfield performance pic.twitter.com/lW27DR3BxU
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) December 7, 2019
And of course, one fan was asking where all the Keita critics had disappeared to.
— Habib (@Habib_H86) December 7, 2019