Players - Naby Keita

Naby Keita
Birthdate: 10 February 1995
Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea
Other clubs: FC Istres (2013-14), Red Bull Salzburg (2014-16), Red Bull Leipzig (2014-18)
Bought from: Red Bull Leipzig
Signed for LFC: £52.75m, 01.07.2018
International debut: 28.07.2013 vs. Mali
International caps: 34/6 (6/1 at LFC) - 17.11.2019
Liverpool debut: 12.08.2018
Last appearance: 24.09.2020
Debut goal: 05.04.2019
Last goal: 22.07.2020
Win ratio: 73.44% W:47 D:8 L:9
Games/goals ratio: 9.14
Honours: FIFA Club World Cup 2019, Premier League 2019/20
League games / goals / assists: 45 / 4 / 4
Total games / goals / assists: 64 / 7 / 4

Player Profile

Naby Keita was described as the 'complete midfielder' by Jürgen Klopp when he arrived in Liverpool in July 2018. Klopp was so keen on the player that the deal had been agreed a year beforehand when the Reds had agreed that they would trigger his £48million release clause at RB Leipzig. He spent two seasons with the German club, helping them qualify for a first-ever Champions League in 2017. 

Born in 1995, Keita grew up in Guinea and joined his local side Horoya at the age of nine. After unsuccessful trials with Le Mans and Lorient, he was offered a chance by French Ligue 2 side Istres, signing for them in 2012. Making his debut as an eighteen-year-old in November 2013, he went on to score eleven goals in 23 appearances, but couldn't save his club from relegation to the third tier. 

Keita moved to RB Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga, winning the league and cup double in his first season and then being named footballer of the year in Austria for 2015-16. This led to him being moved sister club RB Leipzig, scoring seven goals for them in his debut season, which was the club's first-ever in the top flight and ended in Champions League qualification. After the deal to join Liverpool was agreed he remained in Leipzig for a year, helping them to a sixth-place finish. His first appearance in a Liverpool shirt was against Chester in a friendly on 7 July 2018.

Keita started the first three Premier League games of 2018/19 but had to settle for more rotation and substitute appearances as the campaign went on, with six quality players vying for three midfield positions. He got his first Reds goal at Southampton on 5 April 2019, then another against Huddersfield at Anfield three weeks later. However, just as he appeared to have nailed down a regular starting place, a groin injury sustained in the first half of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona ended his season. Keita did recover though in time to join up with the Guinea squad for the African Cup of Nations and came off the bench in the Community Shield on 4 August. However he was again frustrated when he injured his hip in the Super Cup final. It was a stop start season for him, but the three month lay off as a result of Covid 19 was a benefit to him, and he impressed in the game in which he featured that were behind closed doors. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 45 1 4 10 4 64
2018-2019 25 1 1 6 0 33
2019-2020 18 0 2 4 3 27
2020-2021 2 0 1 0 1 4
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
5 Chelsea
4 West Ham United
3 Manchester City
3 Wolves
3 Leicester City
3 Burnley
3 Arsenal
3 Brighton & Hove Albion
3 Southampton
3 Bournemouth
3 Crystal Palace
2 Napoli
2 Salzburg
2 Genk
2 Manchester United
2 Aston Villa
2 Everton
1 Fulham
1 Tottenham
1 Watford
1 Lincoln City
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Leeds United
1 Norwich City
1 Newcastle United
1 Cardiff City
1 Bayern Munich
1 Barcelona
1 Flamengo
1 Paris St Germain
1 Porto
1 CF Monterrey
1 MK Dons
Total Started/substitutions
40 Started
21 On the bench
24 Substitute
29 Substituted
Total Competition
45 Premier League
10 Champions League
4 League Cup
2 Community Shield
2 World Club Championship
1 FA Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 2 1 7
2018-2019 2 0 0 1 0 3
2019-2020 2 0 0 1 1 4
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
7 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
4 Premier League
2 Champions League
1 World Club Championship
Total Goal minute period
3 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
2 46-60 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
7 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
2018-2019 1 0 0 0 0 1
2019-2020 3 0 0 0 0 3
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Competition
4 Premier League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.08.2018 West Ham United Anfield League
50 15.02.2020 Norwich City Carrow Road League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 36 05.04.2019 Southampton St Mary's League
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Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Istres 2013-2014 France 2 23 4 23 4
Salzburg 2014-2015 Austria 1 30 5 44 6
Red Bull Salzburg 2015-2016 Austria 1 29 12 37 14
Red Bull Leipzig 2016-2017 Germany 1 31 8 32 8
Red Bull Leipzig 2017-2018 Germany 1 27 6 40 8
Total 140 35 176 40