By Ali Ashoor
The Guinean footballer had a disappointing season following the hype he had coming to the club. His two years at Germany saw him become one of the most sought out midfielders in the world, yet when he switched his white shirt for Liverpool red almost all of his statistics went down.
Yes, it was not what we expected from the player we handed the number 8 to. However, I believe he’ll make his impact next season.
Keita’s 2018/19 was challenging to say the least. He was injured a few times and couldn’t get a consistent run in the team, with Jurgen preferring the likes of Milner and wijnaldum in front of him.
His competition is getting even better this upcoming season, with Chamberlain’s return and Henderson’s form towards the end of the season. This will make it even harder for him to break into the team.
However, even with all these obstacles Naby Keita had glimpses of the player we spent 50 million on.
He started the season strongly, with a dashing run at west ham to pass the ball to Robertson who eventually assisted Liverpool’s first goal of the season. His skill at crystal palace to beat a player and then play a brilliant pass to Salah.
After that, injuries littered his progress and he found it hard to break in the team.
The first game after that he performed class in was burnley away. He dominated the game and hit the post with a strong strike. After that, he was brought in to the team slowly but he started getting back to the player we bought. His first goal for the club powered his form, breaking into our starting 11.
His performances lifted massively, and then injury struck.
Sure, he had a mediocre performance in the African cup of nations, but you could argue he shouldn’t have played with his injury anyways.
The past season shouldn’t define such a skilled footballer as a switch to England can be frustrating to a lot of players and his injury record didn’t help. What he did in those glimpses of talent and his two seasons in Leipzig should keep us believing in our number 8.
Let him recover completely and give him another chance, I think the player who shone at Leipzig could just be a difference maker in the upcoming campaign.