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Naby Keita’s performance v Burnley leaves Liverpool fans in agreement about him

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Naby Keita’s move from RB Leipzig to Liverpool was rather unusual because everything had been agreed 12 months before the transfer was eventually finalised.

The Merseyside outfit struck a deal for the Guinean midfielder in the summer of 2017 but were forced to allow Leipzig to keep him until the end of the 2017-18 season.

Liverpool fans, having kept a close eye on the 23-year-old last term, were understandably excited for him to finally pull on the red shirt.

Keita was handed the number eight shirt - previously worn, of course, by club legend Steven Gerrard - after Liverpool forked out a cool £52.75 million for his services.

And he impressed during Liverpool’s opening Premier League match of the season against West Ham in August.

That match, however, was the only league fixture this season that Keita has played the full 90 minutes in prior to Wednesday night's game against Burnley.

In fact, the industrious midfielder has found starts surprisingly hard to come by over recent months - albeit partly because of injury problems.

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Jurgen Klopp did deploy him from the outset against Burnley at Turf Moor, though.

This was his first Premier League start for the Reds since the 2-1 win over Tottenham back in September, as Klopp made a host of changes following Sunday’s dramatic 1-0 win over Everton.

But how did the Guinea international fare against the Clarets?

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Well, judging by the reaction from Liverpool fans on social media who watched the game, he performed very well indeed.

Keita was the shining light in an otherwise disappointing first-half performance by the Reds; the one player trying to make something happen.

Liverpool fans were impressed at the way he glided past opponents and got stuck in with tackles, while his work ethic was also praised - all of the qualities that convinced Klopp to bring him to Anfield in the first place.

The same supporters are now all in agreement that Keita should be starting every week - not just the odd game here and there - and it’s hard to say they’re wrong after this eye-catching display.

Despite going a goal down, Keita played his part in helping the Reds secure an invaluable away win.

He almost broke the deadlock in the second half but was denied his maiden goal for the club following a superb save by Joe Hart.

Shortly afterwards Burnley took the lead through Jack Cork.

In order to keep up the pace with league-leaders Manchester City, Liverpool could ill-afford to lose this match and James Milner popped up with a valuable equaliser eight minutes later.

Roberto Firmino then made it 2-1 to seal a precious three points for the visitors, who stay two points behind Pep Guardiola's side.

Xherdan Shaqiri added gloss to the scoreline by netting a third in stoppage time.

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