Liverpool have barely put a foot wrong in the transfer market in recent seasons. Perhaps the only aberration has been the faltering fitness of Naby Keita, however, he is the ideal man for the final months of the season.
In 2017, Liverpool agreed a club record £48m deal to bring Naby Keita to Anfield the following summer.
The Guinean midfielder has been frustrating since his arrival.
Keita has struggled for game times due to an unfortunate succession of injuries. Annoyingly, the ex-RB Leipzig man has consistently teased us with electric performances when he has managed a run in the side.
In December we saw the Guinean net three goals in three games, picking up an assist along the way. Thereafter, even when he wasn’t scoring, he was still putting in dominant performances – such as his key role in the battering of Leicester City.
Earlier this month we saw Nabs put in a man of the match display against Norwich. He was constantly finding space between the lines and always quickening the pace of the attack with his passing and movement.
With Jordan Henderson out of action for around three weeks we can expect to see Naby Keita make that number 8 role his own.
Given the stage of the season we find ourselves at, Naby Keita is the ideal 8 for the moment.
At the start of the season when teams were more likely to attack us, Hendo’s industry in the middle was vital.
Whilst Keita also puts in a shift defensively, he offers much more flair and creativity than the skipper does as an 8. He doesn’t just move the ball forward, he breaks the lines, he passes with purpose and moves forward after he has played the ball off.
Now that teams are more fearful of Liverpool given our start to the season, we are more likely to face a low block – this is where Naby Keita is most necessary. He is the best midfielder we have when we face a stubborn rearguard.
We can expect Naby to dominate the remainder of the season as he unlocks defence after defence. With us entering March the fatigues bodies of the opposition won’t be able to catch him. Allez, allez, Keita.