Naby Keita produced some impressive individual highlights on his Liverpool debut

Chester FC v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

Believe it or not, England vs Sweden wasn't the only game kicking off on Saturday afternoon.

In a strange moment of scheduling, Liverpool got their pre-season campaign underway with a friendly against Chester in front of some of the few fans missing England's quarter-final.

However, it was no ordinary friendly for Liverpool supporters as it presented the first opportunity for them to see Naby Keita playing in the famous red jersey.

Kopites have been anticipating his arrival at the club for almost an entire year with RB Leipzig insisting that the Guinea international played a final season in Germany.

Even when their campaign ended, though, there was still an excruciating wait until late June for his unveiling and then July 7 marked his unofficial debut.

Keita played 45 minutes vs Chester

Fellow new signing Fabinho pulled on the Liverpool jersey for the first-half against Chester, before Keita introduced himself after the break.

And while you can only establish so much from a friendly against a team from the sixth tier of England football, fans still got the chance to see what Keita's game is all about.

The 23-year-old entered the match with Liverpool leading 2-0 - the Reds eventually won 7-0 - and to say supporters were impressed by his performance would be putting things mildly.

Chester FC v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

Keita's brilliant individual highlights

Keita quickly started orchestrating the midfield from a deep lying role and turned provider for a Daniel Sturridge goal with a typical piece of pressing.

He looked like a Jurgen Klopp player in every respect. 

Take a look at his individual highlights from the game below:

He was also attracting plenty of attention on social media, even if most were keenly watching England.

Liverpool fans react on Twitter

Just 45 minutes of football and it seems to have Kopites on board - check out the best of the reaction below:

Seems Keita is proving quite the hit.

Let's be honest, although Keita isn't the biggest name in European football, he looks the perfect addition to both Liverpool's midfield and a Klopp team in general.

Chester FC v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

The pressing and determination he showed throughout the game suggests he'll suit the 'gegenpressing' philosophy very well as well as the physicality of the Premier League.

Liverpool have tougher opponents to come in their pre-season schedule and supporters will be able to form an even more accurate opinion of him during those clashes.

For the moment, though, he couldn't have made a more perfect start to life at Liverpool.

Do you think Keita will succeed at Liverpool? Have your say in the comments section below.

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