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Naby Keïta: The Reds X Factor

Early Career and Abilities

  • Started career with Horoya AC at the age of 9 
  • Plays mainly as an Central Midfielder
  • Adept at playing as Holding Midfielder and Attacking Midfielder
  • Renowned for being energetic and dynamic
  • Has good defensive qualities and well timed tackling skills
  • Good at dribbling, through balls and provide decisive long/ short passes
  • Blessed with quick movement, vision and sound tactical awareness
  • Astute utilisation of space and possession
  • Joined the French Ligue 2 Side FC Istres Youth Team
  • Made professional debut around November 2013
  • Had an exceptional season with an underwhelming side
  • Fortunately, his talents did not go unnoticed (despite the team getting relegated to Championnat National)


FC Red Bull Salzburg Career

  • Joined the Austrian Bundesliga Side around 2014
  • Had a fantastic season winning the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian cup with FC Red Bull Salzburg
  • Helped FC Red Bull Salzburg to win again the Austrian League and Austrian Cup
  • Voted player of the season with FC Salzburg for 2015-16 Season


RB Leipzig Career

  • Joined (FC Red Bull Salzburg’s sister club) RB Leipzig (after being promoted for the first time)
  • Continued with more impressive performances
  • Helped RB Leipzig to qualify for the Champions League (for the first time) in the 2016-17 Season
  • Alongside with Timo Werrner and Emil Forsberg, helped RB Leipzig to compete against perennial German Bundesliga Champions FC Bayern Munich
  • Liverpool Fc (The Reds) activated Keïta’s release clause of under £53 Million (depending on the Team’s performance) around August 2017
  • But as part of the agreement, Keïta was allowed to join the Reds a year later


Reds Career (so far)

  • Was handed the number 8 jersey by club legend Steven Gerrard
  • Made debut around August 2018 against West Ham United Fc
  • Helped the Reds on route to the Champions League 2018-19 Semi Finals
  • Unfortunately got ruled out for the rest of the season in May 2019 during the match against Barcelona (Champions League Semi Finals 2018-19 (First Leg)
  • Won the Champions League 2018-19 Title with the Reds (despite not playing in the final)
  • Forced to contend being a squad player due to untimely injuries and temporary loss of form
  • Returned back to form and was instrumental in helping the Reds qualify the Champions League 2019-20 knockout phase
  • Continued the good form and was instrumental in helping the Reds to win FIFA Club World Cup 2019 Title
  • Won the Premier League 2019-20 Title with the Reds


Verdict: During the Premier League title winning 2019-20 Season, Keïta has shown plenty of glimpses of his amazing talent.

Being only 25 years old, Keïta will look forward to putting his past injuries behind him and repay the faith Jürgen Klopp has in the young Guinean.

The Reds are due to play several matches (Domestic and European Competitions) within a short space of time. With the view of keeping the squad fresh, Jürgen Klopp will look to rotate his squad.

And with plenty of matches to play for, Keïta will be the Reds X-Factor for the upcoming 2020-21 Season.