After his record-breaking £48 million transfer from Red Bull Leipzig was announced in August, Naby Keita insisted he would only be an “interested supporter” of Liverpool until he finally completes his move to Anfield on July 1, 2018.
“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.
“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”
Leipzig fans could have been forgiven for fearing Keita would end up showing less fight and determination during matches this season.
Many players in the 22-year-old’s position would naturally find it difficult to remain 100 per cent committed, knowing that a mega-money transfer to a bigger club had already been finalised.
Video: Keita's individual highlights v Porto
However, judging by Keita’s excellent performance in Leipzig’s 3-2 victory over Porto on Tuesday, it appears that his future move to Anfield hasn’t remotely affected his commitment levels.
A video of Keita’s individual highlights from the match have emerged and the Guinea midfielder looked superb.
Watch the video here…
Keita's stats from the Porto match are impressive
He looks different class - and his stats from the match suggest he was the game’s standout performer.
According to Squawka, Keita won 100 per cent of his aerial duels, completing 78 passes, made seven interceptions, six take-ons, won three tackles and created three chances.
A complete performance.
In fact, Keita made more interceptions than any other player in action in the Champions League on Tuesday.
What Liverpool fans are saying about Keita
And judging by the reaction of Liverpool fans to his highlights, they can’t wait to see him finally pull on that famous red shirt next season - and who can blame them?
Can Liverpool challenge for the title next season with Naby Keita in their ranks? Have your say by leaving a comment below.