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African ace slowly coming good for Liverpool

HAVING A BALL: Naby Keita (left) in action on Saturday

TITLE CHASING Liverpool have been waiting a while for the £52.75m Naby Keita to shine. His struggles since joining the Reds have been well documented, with the Guinean lacking in form and confidence.

However, his quality showed in the convincing 3-0 against Bournemouth (Feb 9), making his presence known against a side that beat Chelsea 4-0 a couple of weeks earlier.
It is plain to see the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still believes in the former RB Leipzig player, as he has been in the starting line-up for the last four games. And with Klopp switching back to 4-3-3, it has clearly helped the diminutive Keita influence the midfield play.

Keita had a hand in all three Liverpool goals, providing the pass to team mate James Milner, whose cross to Liverpool’s Senegalese winger Sadio Mane was headed in for Liverpool’s first goal.

The home side’s second goal was an exquisite chip over Bournemouth Keeper Atur Boruc by influential Dutch international player Georginio Wynaldum, withy the move starting with Keita winning the ball off former Red player Jordan Ibe.

Keita was also instrumental in the Merseyside club’s third goal, providing a superb pass to Roberto Firmino, whose skilful flick put Mo Salah through to score.

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson was full of praise for Keita when he said: “He has taken a wee bit of time to settle in but today was probably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt. I’m sure he can take a lot of confidence from that, which he will.”

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