There was a lot of excitement about the arrival of Naby Keita at Liverpool this summer.
Jurgen Klopp tried avidly to get his man for much of his last year and he finally got his way after sealing a £52.75 million move for the Guinean midfielder.
Keita has had a fast start to life at Anfield, impressing in each of the four games he has played.
His start was so good that Jamie Redknapp had to comment on the Guinean just eight minutes into his Premier League debut against West Ham.
“Naby Keita, he’s been here eight minutes but it looks like he’s been here eight years,” he said on commentary.
“He’s got a fantastic relationship with Sadio Mane already, he’s always looking to feed him.”
With FIFA 19 set to be released at the end of August, Liverpool fans will be excited to see how Naby Keita is rated on the game.
The Guinean was rated 83 on FIFA 18 and, after another successful season in the Bundesliga, Liverpool fans would have been hoping that he would be rated even higher in this year’s edition.
However, his stats has been ‘leaked’ ahead of the games’ release and Liverpool fans are extremely underwhelmed.
Keita has again been rated an 83, which has disappointed supporters, but that’s not the main source of their outrage.
The Guinean is none for being a box-to-box midfielder with an abundance of pace and energy, but FIFA have rated his ‘pace’ attribute at a mere 68.
View his stats on the latest edition of FIFA below:
— SANDER (@SanderDTT) September 11, 2018
That means he is slower than the likes of Harry Kane, who’s pace stat is 70.
Other than having 87 dribbling, Keita’s stats are extremely underwhelming and Liverpool fans are not happy at all.
Keita rated 83 after he’s had 2 tots cards and his Fifa 18 rating was 83. It’s embarrassing for them tbh it shows how clueless they are. Or ignorant.
— Gaz #LFC (@Gaz_Wanted) September 11, 2018
Shame this PES partnership has ruined all our FIFA ratings. I mean Keita 83 and Ox 80 ffs
— Adam♦️ (@virgiIvd) September 11, 2018
Wtf Naby Keita has just 68 pace in FIFA 19. Do they even watch football?!
WHAT A JOKE. @EASPORTSFIFA
— dm11 (@dm11__) September 11, 2018
Lassana diarra and Pedro have more pace than naby keita in fifa 19 wtaf is this bs
— Kabir Firmino (@KABZ_2001) September 11, 2018
Keita, meanwhile, has admitted that playing in the Premier League is ‘difficult’.
“I think it’s fair to say that the Premier League is a tough league,” Keita told Liverpool FC’s official magazine.
“I’m very motivated to be playing in it – it’s an attractive proposition – but I’ve been told by many people that a lot of overseas players come into the Premier League and they take time to integrate, depending on the circumstances.
“So playing in the Premier League can be difficult, but I am very motivated to play here, not just for myself and my teammates, but for the club.
“Everybody around me has been very supportive towards me so I am certainly giving everything I can to get settled into the team quickly.”