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: 30/5 (2/0 at LFC) - 18.11.2018
Liverpool debut: 12.08.2018
Last appearance: 20.10.2019
Debut goal: 05.04.2019
Last goal: 26.04.2019
Win ratio: 67.57% W:25 D:6 L:6
LFC league games/goals: 26 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 37 / 3

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.

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 fist Reds goal at Southampton on 5th 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 4th August.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 26 1 2 7 1 37
2018-2019 25 1 1 6 0 33
2019-2020 1 0 1 1 1 4
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
3 Chelsea
2 Manchester City
2 West Ham United
2 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 Manchester United
2 Southampton
2 Wolves
2 Leicester City
2 Burnley
2 Bournemouth
2 Crystal Palace
2 Napoli
1 Salzburg
1 Cardiff City
1 Bayern Munich
1 Barcelona
1 Paris St Germain
1 Porto
1 MK Dons
1 Fulham
1 Tottenham
1 Watford
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Everton
Total Started/substitutions
23 Started
12 On the bench
14 Substitute
15 Substituted
Total Competition
26 England Premier League
7 Champions League
2 League Cup
1 Community Shield
1 FA Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 1 0 3
2018-2019 2 0 0 1 0 3
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Opponent
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Southampton
1 Porto
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
2 England Premier League
1 Champions League
Total Goal minute period
2 1-15 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
3 Open play
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.08.2018 West Ham United Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 36 05.04.2019 Southampton St Mary's League
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