Naby Keita just put the cherry on the cake in Liverpool’s victory over Crystal Palace.
It feels as though Premier League fans are finally waking up to the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s men are bona fide title contenders this season and yet another victory has only solidified the claim.
Having already put Norwich City, Burnley and Leeds United to the sword – while also holding their own against Chelsea – the Reds continued their electric start by smashing three goals past Palace.
Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace
Sadio Mane extended his hot-streak of scoring against the Eagles by firing Liverpool into the lead during a first-half that had seen Diogo Jota produce an embarrassing miss.
However, it really did set the wheels in motion for a Liverpool triumph because there was a sense of inevitability when Mohamed Salah smashed home a second goal for the Reds at the Kop end.
But even that fantastic finish by Salah, which even prompted him to remove his shirt in celebration, couldn’t top a blistering strike from an unexpected goalscoring source: Keita.
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Keita’s venomous volley
The Guinea midfielder hasn’t exactly reached the heights expected of him on Merseyside, but you can rest assured that he’s only ever a few games from producing a moment of pure quality.
And that couldn’t have been more apparent than when he lashed home an emphatic left-footed volley to round off Liverpool’s victory. Be sure to check out the belting strike down below:
Take a bow, Naby, take a bow.
A sensational strike
You knew from the moment that Vicente Guaita punched the ball towards the edge of the penalty area that the Liverpool general was going to make the sweetest of contacts with the ball.
Besides, there’s just something about Liverpool midfielders when it comes to longe-range volleys from Steven Gerrard’s iconic Olympiacos strike to Jordan Henderson’s AC Milan rocket this week.
And while Keita’s strike might not compare to those two Champions League screamers in terms of quality, we like to think that his amusing celebration turns up its class just a few extra notches.
Kopites will now have to keep their fingers crossed that Keita can use such a spectacular strike as a catalyst to enjoy the sort of impeccable season that has long been expected from him.