Naby Keita certainly lived up to the hype on his Premier League debut.
For over a year now, Liverpool supporters have waxed lyrical about his performances for RB Leipzig and across pre-season but were forced to wait for his competitive debut.
When the moment eventually rolled around, though, Keita didn’t disappoint and delivered a superb showing in the 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.
He played an integral role throughout the match with Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and a brace from Sadio Mane ensuring Liverpool collected the three points.
Jamie Redknapp – who worked as co-commentator for Sky during the game – even noted: “Naby Keita, he’s been here 8 minutes but it looks like he’s been here 8 years.
KEITA IMPRESSED VS WEST HAM
“He’s got a fantastic relationship with Sadio Mané already, he’s always looking to feed him.”
High praise indeed and almost every supporter or pundit watching the game couldn’t help but give the Guinea international rave reviews.
Not only that, but Keita was certainly leaving an impression on his own teammates and that was definitely the case when James Milner was interviewed after the game.
MILNER’S POST-MATCH COMMENTS
The Englishman scooped the Man of the Match award for his showing against West Ham yet couldn’t resist talking about his brand new midfield partner.
Speaking to Sky Sports alongside Sadio Mane, Milner noted: “He’s a good player, you can see that straight away.
“He’s only going to get better, so to come into a new team, a new style of play, and to do so well, you can only imagine how good he’s going to be in a few months’ time with more games and more time with the boys.
“I’ve seen him get out of some ridiculous situations in training.
“He’s a ball-winner, [with] great drive and fantastic ability as well. He’s top quality, like all the signings we’ve brought in.
“It’s more competition, which is exactly what you want. You look at some of the boys on the bench today and those who aren’t quite fit yet, it’s a great squad and exactly what we want.”
A very positive review indeed and with good reason.
More of the same, Naby.
The 23-year-old also attracted praise from Sadio Mane during the post-match interviews, with the Liverpool goal scorer noting: “I’m happy for him. He played very, very well. Everybody was happy about the job he did for us.
“The beginning is not easy for new players, to learn about the guys. He will do better and better for us because he has great quality.”
If Keita can maintain this form in the Premier League then he could prove to be one of the signings of the season and could propel Liverpool towards a title challenge.
Thus far, he hasn’t put a foot wrong and there’s plenty to be excited about on Merseyside.