Keita watch

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  • #1722757

    Mikus
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    Agree with that Bingo. Whilst Keita certainly hasn’t set the pitch alight, I think at the very least he does a competent job and when he plays I don’t fear we’re more prone to mistakes, it’s just obviously up top he’s not yet having the impact we were expecting. But there are positive signs there as you say, and I do think his first goal will do him the world of good.

    #1722758

    Mikus
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    *when he scores it.

    #1722767
    mwake
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    Remember when people questioned Gini? Even at the start of this season some were saying that he could be sold. Now he is probably the first names on the team sheet.

    Keita will get there and if all goes to plan he will have a much higher floor than Gini.

    #1722801

    Songman
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    And Gini was already 2 seasons at the club!!!

    Some players just take longer than others to adjust to a new team, league, country and language, as in the case of Keita

    #1722845

    Sean the sailor
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    Still have huge hopes for keita and it maybe next season before we see the best of him

    I have to say fabhino is showing exactly why we bought him. Excellent player

    #1723924
    mwake
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    Not great at all in the first half – Kept holding on to the ball too much and getting dispossessed.

    I’m not trying to relate Keita to Gerrard but I remember in Rafa’s reign when Gerrard would sometimes try to do too much and it hurt his game. Rafa made some comments about Gerrard playing smarter rather than harder.

    That seems to be where Keita is to me. He gets on the pitch and gets caught between trying to do way too much. As if he thinks he has to dribble past two or three players all the time. Instead of that, I would rather he concentrates on using the space and judging opportunities to driblle better than he does. You cant expect to dribble past two or three opponents every time. But it seems as if he is trying to resolve his confidence issues through over dribbling. Just my humble opinion.

    #1725399
    mwake
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    This was one of Keitas better games, maybe even his best game! He was involved in the goals and defended much better this time.

    One criticism of Keita has been that his recovery tackling isn’t good enough but today he showed a lot of tenacity to win the ball back.

    Hopefully, its a case of onwards and upwards against Man Utd would love him to get the winner!

    #1725400

    gingerlfc
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    Possibly his best game in a red shirt.
    Perhaps this is the corner we’ve been waiting on him turning.

    #1725433

    Songman
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    I actually think Keita’s best game was the opener against West Ham, but soon after his progress was disrupted by injuries.

    The good thing for us now is that we have intense competition with all 7 of our midfielders fit, and that means that if Keita wants to play against United, he has to be absolutely fantastic in training.

    I’d still start Henderson before him in the next game, but bring him on later, hopefully when things are going well for us

    #1725731

    NotoriousBingo
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    If there are any doubts about Hendo, he shouldnt be starting when we got fit players ready… I would say we always need two of the following on the pitch right now Jordan, Jimmy and Gini. Two of them have to start, they are our most consistent players, we miss them every time they are out.

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    mwake
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    I hope Keita can step up at United and have a good game as he did against Bournemouth. Ultimately I still maintain that we aren’t going to see peak Keita until next year. He looks like he needs a little bit of time in the gym, especially with regard to him losing his balance and falling over which I have noticed happening a lot especially when he is trying to make tackles.

    Also Keita has to instinctively learn about the Klopp pressing system which can take a while. Sometimes Keita seems to judge the wrong times to press opponents and then is exposed. This is all instinctive learning the more time he gets the more he will learn the triggers as it is called.

    Same thing happened to Bobby also from Germany when he joined people initially thought he was out of his depth at Liverpool even though he was the main man at Hoffenheim.

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    mwake
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    #1742587
    mwake
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    Slowly getting better and better. He’s starting to understand the system and learn that he doesn’t have to make amazing dribbles or show off every time he gets the ball. It looks like he has gone back to basics a little. Keep this up and then next season I’m sure all the other newspaper grabbing headlines skills that we all know he has will start to show more too.

    #1742592

    liverlad
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    mwake. Agreed!

    #1742593

    Songman
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    One thing is sure, that £52m spent on Keita was not wasted

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    MrMakaveli
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    He’s really playing quite well lately and at no better time too. The goal seems to have settled him just a bit and maybe it;s my imagination but he is expressing himself a bit more out there and also imposing himself on the game more. He’s got to show that he can carry on in this vein and continue to improve but ya, it’s all very good right now with him.

    #1748251
    mwake
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    Shades of Ox? Just as he was finding form we lose a player in the first leg of the semi-finals of CL. Keita out for 2 months, which isnt as bad as Ox but still.

    Oh well, wish him well and hope he comes back stronger. At least he wont have to go to AFCON and can get a decent preseason in.

    #1748254

    Songman
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    Mwake, at least Keita came good just before his injury.

    And we have the Ox as his ready made replacement, if required

    #1763651
    mwake
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    Looks like Naby out for the start of the season, sooo I guess that means less competition for Lallana/Ox and Shaq.

    Apparently, witchcraft is the reason for his recent injuries, but to me the only voodoo was him being played at all. He should have been eased into the tournament.

    From BBC:

    Keita’s house ‘attacked by angry youths’
    Police in Conakry have confirmed that Keita’s family home in Guinea was besieged by angry youths at the weekend.

    “We sent a team of policemen to a house at Coleah in Conakry to restore calm after some youths attempted acts of riotous conduct in a house believed to be the family home of footballer Naby Keita,” a police source told the BBC.

    Local media reported that the youths were venting frustration at one of Keita’s relatives who they believed had performed witchcraft, affecting the Liverpool star’s Nations Cup performances and increasing his recent spate of injuries.

    Guinean press said Keita had denounced those “who want to divide his family”.

    Africa Cup of Nations: Guinea’s Naby Keita flies to Liverpool for treatment

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    mwake
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    Looks like Keita will be fine after all, should take part in pre-season. Man if we can get Keita and Ox and even Lallana up to full speed we probably don’t need to spend money on an attacking mid. But that is the issue, all three players have been hampered by injuries but when they are fit there is no question of their abilities.

    Ox

    A midfield player with strength and determination and confident at breaking the lines with his powerfull forward runs- has served time in defence so also has that defensive mentality to his game.

    Lallana

    Not so much a dribbler but great close control and excellent in tight spaces – when fully fit can also display incredible determination that’s suited for a Klopp team.

    Keita

    He hasnt lifted off as expected but we all hope he eventually will. At best last season we got to see that on the ball confidence and ability that he clearly has in his locker. At his worse last season he looked slow mentally and physically. Had periods where he got bullied easily off the ball and appeared like the game was going to fast for him. He says that he is a defensive midfleifer first and foremost. I would like to see him playe with fabinho behind him and maybe ox in front that would be my ideal alternative midfield three – the perfect balance of attack and defence. However admitedly Hendo and Gini and Milner are the three players that understand klopps system better than any other combination.

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