Naby Keita shines in his debut in Liverpool with quality performance

Naby Keita made his full debut for Liverpool in his first game of the season against West Ham

Happen! Happen! Now! Naby Keita had just received possession of Trent Alexander-Arnold and, to his left, Andrew Robertson began to walk the flank.

The collective scream around Anfield lets you know exactly what the crowd demanded: an instant ball, introduced into the path of the complete marauder to maintain momentum. Keita still does not speak English fluently, but she could not have stopped understanding the noisy plea.

But he took a touch, then another. He kept moving, maybe 15 yards, while Declan Rice and Angelo Ogbonna ran after him, snapping their ankles. Then, again, the directive came from The Kop: Pass! Happen! Now!

Naby Keita made his full debut for Liverpool in his first game of the season against West Ham

Naby Keita made his full debut for Liverpool in his first game of the season against West Ham

Still, Keita would not hurry. He waited a fraction and then, when he was ready, he moved a perfectly balanced ball with the outside of his foot to the penalty area of ​​West Ham. The delay was crucial as it created new angles, which allowed Robertson to pass for the first time to Mohamed Salah.

This was Salah doing what Salah does best. When Salah was replaced in the 87th minute, the four sides of the stadium rose in acclamation, leaving him in doubt as to where he lies in his affections.

However, if Jurgen Klopp had chosen to finish Keita's afternoon early, you can only begin to imagine what the ovation would have been like. The Guinea international, a new £ 52.5million tooth in the Klopp engine, was brilliant, as illustrated by the snapshot of his role in the first goal.

"Naby is a very good player and you could see him immediately," said James Milner, the game's standout player. "He did so well in his first game and you can see he will only improve, you can only imagine how good it will be when that happens."

He joined the Jurgen Klopp side of RB Leipzig for a whopping £ 52.5 million during the summer

He joined the Jurgen Klopp side of RB Leipzig for a whopping £ 52.5 million during the summer

He joined the Jurgen Klopp side of RB Leipzig for a whopping £ 52.5 million during the summer

The Guinean played a decisive role in Liverpool's first goal of the game scored by Mo Salah

The Guinean played a decisive role in Liverpool's first goal of the game scored by Mo Salah

The Guinean played a decisive role in Liverpool's first goal of the game scored by Mo Salah

James Milner praised his performance by describing him as a ball winner with great momentum

James Milner praised his performance by describing him as a ball winner with great momentum

James Milner praised his performance by describing him as a ball winner with great momentum

& # 39; It is a ball winner and has a great momentum. I've seen him come out of difficult situations in training that are ridiculous. He gives depth to the squad, it's another quality addition and that's what we want. "

Quality is the perfect word. In an ideal world, he would have been a Liverpool player this time last year. When it became clear that this was not possible, Michael Edwards, the club's sporting director, came to an agreement with RB Leipzig to get Keita out of the market.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona were on the lookout, but Liverpool had the foresight to pay and play with him later. Klopp did not want this signature to be lost and you could see in this action full of 90 minutes why those super clubs were ready to attack.

As the first days go, this was almost impeccable. He ran several kilometers, kept the ball in motion, was a surprise in the 48th minute when he gave a pass, and his hunger to regain possession was never satisfied.

It was, simply, a performance consistent with the number 8 shirt, which was back in service for the first time since Steven Gerrard last dressed her in May 2015. Keita could have a pint size but her skill is huge. Watch him go: he has the tools to become a giant in this Liverpool team.

He ran miles, kept the ball in motion and only gave him the ball once in the 48th minute

He ran miles, kept the ball in motion and only gave him the ball once in the 48th minute

He ran miles, kept the ball in motion and only gave him the ball once in the 48th minute

In an impeccable performance, his hunger to regain possession was never satisfied

In an impeccable performance, his hunger to regain possession was never satisfied

In an impeccable performance, his hunger to regain possession was never satisfied

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