What should Liverpool do with Naby Keita?

What should Liverpool do with Naby Keita?

When Liverpool beat FC Barcelona, FC Bayern and a host of Europe’s elite to secure the signature of Naby Keita it was heralded as a coup. The Guinean captain was a whirlwind in the middle third for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and appeared to be the definition of a box-to-box midfielder. He scored goals. He made assists. He racked up tackles and interceptions at an alarming rate (4.81 during his final season in Germany), and his dribbling figures were …
4231 The Antidote to Liverpool's Recent Woes

4231 The Antidote to Liverpool's Recent Woes

Liverpool's recent form -- if not totally reflected in results -- has taken a nosedive. Losing 3 of their last 5 games across three competitions, the Reds have looked slow of both body and mind, despite having a 10 day respite from games thanks to the Premier League's winter break. Victories over Norwich -- the game which preceded the break -- and West Ham United -- the first league game after their temporary hiatus -- came in spite of laboured …
Keita Could Be Liverpool's Midfield's Attacking Impetus

Keita Could Be Liverpool's Midfield's Attacking Impetus

Let's face it, since his big money switch from Red Bull Leipzig in the summer of 2018 Naby Keita has failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him in Liverpool red. That's not to suggest the Guinean has been a bad signing, when his time with the European Champions should be assessed through the prism of the series of niggling injuries that have prevented him putting together an extended run of form. With his slaloming dribbles, effortless …
Minamino Signing Means New Liverpool Transfer Strategy

Minamino Signing Means New Liverpool Transfer Strategy

Pending a successful medical, Liverpool will sign Japan international Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg in January. After impressing twice against the Reds in this season's Champions League group stage, the 24 year old will join £7.25M after the European Champions elected to trigger his paltry release clause. Capable of playing across the front three, off the striker or even as the most advanced central midfielder in a three, Minamino could well prove to be another shrewd piece of transfer business …
Red Bull Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Red Bull Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool are through to the last-16 of the Champions League as group winners after a 2-0 win away to Red Bull Salzburg. How only two goals were scored in the 90 minutes is anyone’s guess; on another day, Mo Salah alone would have had 5. Top of the Premier League and winning the Champions League group is a pretty perfect start to the season for the Reds. As for the individual performances, in goal Alisson had a very solid outing. …
Player ratings as Liverpool book last 16 place in Austria

Player ratings as Liverpool book last 16 place in Austria

Get in! The reigning European Champions once again move into the last 16 of European competition under Jurgen Klopp, with goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah securing a 2-0 win for Liverpool against Salzburg. In a fairly hostile atmosphere, the fixture delivered what was expected. There was high paced football with chances at both ends, the Reds eventually coming through stronger as Keita's header forced the opening goal before a superb finish from Salah shortly after. Liverpool go into …
Keita Provides Liverpool Timely Reminder

Keita Provides Liverpool Timely Reminder

Let's face it, if we're calling a spade a spade, Naby Keita has not lived up to his billing since his highly publicised move from Red Bull Leipzig. The midfielder failing as yet to be the potential superstar prophesied by many familiar with the Bundesliga is not black and white, however; there is a large area grey area of nuance to consider when assessing his time at Anfield so far. The real stumbling block for Keita has been injuries and …
Oxlade-Chamberlain vs. Palace: To Start or Not to Start?

Oxlade-Chamberlain vs. Palace: To Start or Not to Start?

What did you learn from the international break? Very little, right? The absence of domestic football left a gaping void, forcing us to actually do other things with our lives and perhaps even contemplate watching England play. If there's one thing that the last week or so has taught us, it's that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a formidable footballer and a gem of a character. The 26-year-old scored and assisted for England, against Montenegro and Kosovo respectively, further suggesting he will …
Alexander Arnold The Hidden Midfielder In Plain Sight

Alexander Arnold The Hidden Midfielder In Plain Sight

The question of whether Trent Alexander Arnold will transition from a right back to a midfielder is often asked in footballing circle. Such is the 21 year old's unique skill-set, it is felt by many that he is wasted at full back. His talents, it is said, would be better suited to a more central position where he could receive the ball more and have a bigger influence on proceedings. The truth is, however, that the academy graduate -- despite …
We need to talk about Naby Keita

We need to talk about Naby Keita

Naby Keita is the latest in a long line of players to divide opinion at Liverpool. He's a victim of hype others created for him and there's no escaping that. The deal to bring him to Anfield was unique in the sense fans has to wait an entire year to see him turn out for the club. The recruitment team, namely Ian Graham, saw his value and convinced those he had to that Liverpool needed this player. That not only …
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