Keita move brought forward?

After losing Coutinho, Liverpool fans want Naby Keita this month

Download Perspecs

Who is Naby Keita?

Born in the Guinean capital of Conakry, Naby Keita left his hometown club of Horoya AC to join French club FC Istres in 2013, aged 18.

An impressive campaign in Ligue 2 followed, with Keita scoring four goals and seven assists in 23 appearances.

Keita then joined Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014, going on to win both the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup in his first season at the club.

In his second season with Salzburg, midfielder Keita's 12 goals and seven assists steered them to another league and cup double, while he also picked up the Austrian Bundesliga Player of the Year award.

Keita's impressive two-year spell in Austria saw him move to newly-promoted Leipzig for £9.35m.

The Guinean international hit the ground running in Germany, coming off the bench to score the winning goal against Borussia Dortmund in his Bundesliga debut.

The 22-year-old played an integral role in Leipzig's surprise challenge for the Bundesliga title in 2017, with the club finishing second behind Bayern Munich and qualifying for the Champions League in the process.

Keita made 31 appearances in the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign, scoring eight goals and assisting seven following his summer move from sister-club RB Salzburg last year.

Liverpool bought Keita for £48m and he's due to start on July 1.

Former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy doesn't believe the Guinean is the man to fill Coutinho's shoes.

The Reds will look to bring the Bundesliga star to Merseyside early – although Leipzig look sure to resist – but Murphy does not think Keita is the man who will give Klopp what he needs.

“I'm not sure (on Keita), from what I've seen,” he added, speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate.

“Subconsciously you can look like you've downed tools when you're protecting yourself a little bit, I wouldn't judge him on that. I don't know him well enough to say that. What I would say is he's obviously very athletic, got a lot of qualities - a bit like Jordan Henderson has. Professional, good athlete, does his job really, really well.

“But he isn't creative enough if you want to challenge for the title and the Champions League. Someone like Gerrard, Souness, Alonso, Mascherano - these type of players.”

But Murphy's comments didn't go down well with fans. Matt Banks said: "Danny Murphy must be the most clueless pundit out there - was likening him to Kante a few months back. Proves he hasn’t watched the lad play."

Phill Hargreaves added: "Ha ha Murphy must have banged his nugget...he's been talking some right shite lately!"

Download Perspecs
Download Perspecs