Liverpool’s new signing Naby Keita has already started to impress and Reds icon Bruce Grobbelaar has made a big statement about the midfielder.
Liverpool had run rampant in the transfer window. The new big-money signing Naby Keita has already come under the spotlight, as he had taken no.8 shirt last worn by club legendary Steven Gerrard. The 23-year-old Guinean has had an impressive preseason and is expected to ply his trade as a creative midfielder for the whole season.
The Reds icon Bruce Grobbelaar believes the summer arrival at Anfield will prove to be an astute addition, with his skill set allows him to take the shirt of a club legend, Steven Gerrard. Keita had been phenomenal for the Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig during his spell at Redbull Arena. Grobbelaar applauds Naby Keita as ‘more complete’ than Chelsea’s World Cup-winning midfielder Ngolo Kante and in a talk with Mirror, he insisted,
“I honestly believe he is the only player who can take that No.8 jersey after Steven Gerrard – I think he’s the perfect player in that position,”
“Stevie G was a brilliant player who will always be remembered as a great servant and ambassador for the club and himself.
“And Keita is the only person I would have given that shirt to try and emulate what Steven has produced.
“He’s a beautiful player and I’ve already seen the signs that he’s going to have a major impact on Liverpool this season and in the years to come. Jurgen Klopp was very astute in seeing Keita’s ability and potential to develop. He got in fast, signed him, then left him at Leipzig last season.
“I’m certain he’s going to blossom even more and fit into the side with ease. I’ve seen him in the pre-season games and he’s been absolutely brilliant.”
“I liken him to Kante, who is a top player. But, with Kante, what you see is what you get. He will hunt you down and win the ball.
“With Keita, he will hunt you down, get the ball, then either get in the box and score or he has the same type of passing range Philippe Coutinho had in the final delivery.
“There’s no question he’s the complete package for me and the perfect person to wear that jersey after Stevie G.
“When Coutinho left for Barcelona, it was a worry, but, after reaching the Champions League final, there’s no obsession with him anymore.
“I look at stats. With Coutinho in the team, we didn’t win as many games as when he was out – so figure it out”
Naby Keita is a classy midfield cameo and has an immense potential to add further trait of creativity and stability in Reds’ XI. The midfielder’s role will be crucial for Reds in the 2018-19 season and could turn out be one of the most successful signings of Klopp’s era.