Naby Keita made his first competitive Liverpool start against West Ham this afternoon and Reds fans loved what they saw.
The midfielder finally made the move to Anfield this summer after agreeing a transfer with his former club RB Leipzig in the summer of 2017.
It’s been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait as he put in a brilliant performance against West Ham this afternoon.
The player looked comfortable on the ball, threatening going forward and struck up a partnership with Sadio Mane.
While Jordan Henderson has been a staple of this Liverpool side for several seasons, Keita’s performance will certainly worry him.
While Henderson held down the midfield well for Liverpool, the one thing he struggled with was having an effect going forward.
That has been the opposite for Liverpool today with Keita really threatening going forward and giving Jurgen Klopp’s side something different.
His ability to find space where there looks to be no space at all was pivotal in the win over West Ham.
He also played a pivotal part in the first goal, making a brilliant run to set up the chance.
Time will only tell whether that continues for the rest of the season but today’s performance can only be a positive for all Liverpool fans.
Reds off to a brilliant start
While Naby Keita was one of the main talking points, he wasn’t the only one.
That is because Liverpool brushed aside West Ham with a brilliant performance.
Mohamed Salah opened his account for the season when he tapped in to make it 1-0 before Sadio Mane made it 2-0.
Mane grabbed his brace in the second half when he latched onto a poked through ball by Roberto Firmino, putting the game well past the Hammers before 60 minutes.
There will be many happy Liverpool fans this evening following that performance.
WATCH: Sadio Mane looks offside but the flag stays down and Liverpool are 3-0 up against West Ham.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 12, 2018
Liverpool fans praise Naby Keita on Twitter
Despite all the goals, Naby Keita dominated social media and there’s not a single Liverpool fan disappointed with their big summer acquisition.
Naby Keïta skinning players in his first Premier League match. My drug.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) August 12, 2018
Naby Keita is absolutely brilliant.
— Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) August 12, 2018
Keita is freaking awesome!!!! What a player! What a signing!
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) August 12, 2018
I love the way the rest of the Premier League don’t know how good Naby Keita is yet.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) August 12, 2018
Keita was worth the wait, wasn’t he?
— roy williams (@roytheeditor) August 12, 2018
Keïta does it all: tackles, intercepts, dribbles around players, eye of the needle passing #LFC
— Anfield Press (@AnfieldPress_) August 12, 2018
Keita is a monster
— Silian (@_silmartinez) August 12, 2018
— Warren Blake (@WBlake1978) August 12, 2018
Jamie Redknapp: “Naby Keita, he’s been here 8 minutes but it looks like he’s been here 8 years. He’s got a fantastic relationship with Sadio Mané already, he’s always looking to feed him.”
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 12, 2018
Naby Keita could find space while stood in a phone box with Gonzalo Higuain
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) August 12, 2018
If I ever see keita in bed with my wife,I won’t even be mad.i will just tuck him in and go sleep downstairs on a sofa.
— 10 (@sadioo10) August 12, 2018