Watch: Naby Keita passes the ball with his back within just 8 seconds in the Genk vs Liverpool match in the Champions League last night.
Liverpool overcame their disappointment at the Old Trafford with a 4-1 victory. Their winning streak may have ended in the Premier League. However, their victory at Genk should dispel any notions that the club has gone out of steam.
A brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and goals from Sadio Mane and a returning Mohamed Salah completed the route. However, there was one more man in the midfield who impressed with his performance last night.
Liverpool’s Naby Keita’s 13 minute showing at the Old Trafford helped him earn a spot in the champions league match vs Genk and he did not disappoint. The midfielder’s terrific showing saw him complete the most passes (110), most final third passes (29), most take-ons completed (3), most ball recoveries (12) and most tackles won (3).
However, it was what he did in the first 8 seconds of the match itself that caught the attention of many.
Watch: Naby Keita passes the ball with his back within just 8 seconds in the Genk vs Liverpool match
With the match just starting, Naby Keita flicked the ball in air with his back to pass the ball to his teammate. The outrageous pass was just the beginning of what was to come in the match.
Liverpool fans: "oh my God this is Keïta's big chance to prove Klopp he should play every week there's so much pressure on him"
Naby Keïta after 8 seconds: pic.twitter.com/zYRHAnlMI7
— R8 (@Nabyllionaire) October 23, 2019
Naby Keita joined Liverpool back in 2017. He was handed the legendary no.8 shirt, last worn by club icon Steven Gerrard. The midfielder has been compared with both Deco and N’Golo Kante for his box to box qualities as well as his ability to distribute the ball with range and accuracy, and score goals.
Unfortunately for Keita, his time at the Anfield has been rather tumultuous as he has constantly been plagued with injuries. However, it seems that the midfielder is now slowly but surely coming into his own for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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