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Naby Keita glided past Thiago & Serge Gnabry with lovely skill during Liverpool 0-0 Bayern

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Liverpool had a number of standout performers during Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Fabinho, who was deputising at centre-back alongside Joel Matip in Virgil van Dijk's absence, managed to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet throughout the game.

And in midfield, Jordan Henderson dominated against the likes of Thiago Alcantara and James Rodriguez with his passing, strength and aggression.

Naby Keita also produced arguably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt as he showed energy and creativity in the middle of the park.

The 23-year-old has struggled somewhat since moving to Merseyside for £52.75m, but against Bayern he demonstrated his class and didn't look out of his depth.

Henderson spoke about Keita before the game and said his new teammate is improving more and more with every minute spent on the pitch.

"I think everyone can see how good Naby is," said Liverpool's captain. "As I know myself coming to Liverpool, it's such a huge club and changing to the Premier League is tough.

"It takes time to adapt. I think he's done really well in certain games he's played and I can see him getting used to the way we're playing and the manager has helped him improve.

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"I can definitely see the potential. It takes time to feel right at home, but in the last couple of games you can see the quality that he gives the team and how good he is."

Keita is used to playing against German opponents from his days with RB Leipzig, so perhaps that played a role in his display, but he was sublime nonetheless.

He adds a new dimension to Liverpool's midfield with his pace and footwork, and in the 44th minute the Guinean showcased his skill set to cleverly beat Thiago and Serge Gnabry.

In the video below, Keita produces a series of stepovers to glide past Thiago before showing quick feet to evade Gnabry. Liverpool fans duly applauded the piece of trickery.

Keita will only hope his performance earns him a starting role in the second leg at the Allianz Arena in three weeks' time, where Liverpool will need to be at their best to progress.

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