Player profile

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: 28/5
Liverpool debut: 12.08.2018
Last appearance: 11.11.2018
Win ratio: 63.64% W:7 D:2 L:2
LFC league games/goals: 9 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 11 / 0

Player profile

Naby Keita was described as the 'complete midfielder' by Jurgan 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 £48 million 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 7th July 2018.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 9 0 1 1 0 11
2018-2019 9 0 1 1 0 11

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Chelsea
1 Manchester City
1 West Ham United
1 Leicester City
1 Fulham
1 Tottenham
1 Crystal Palace
1 Napoli
1 Brighton & Hove Albion
1 Southampton
Total Started/substitutions
6 Started
2 On the bench
5 Substitute
4 Substituted
Total Competition
9 Premier League
1 Champions League
1 League Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.08.2018 West Ham United Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Istres 2013-2014 France 2 23 4 23 4
Red Bull 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