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Naby Keita provides a welcome reminder of his talent - The Red Debate
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Following a much-improved performance against out-of-form Burnley last night, the Reds have now opened up an eight-point gap between second place and third. However, the win against Burnley was not a formality. Klopp made big changes to the lineup, including starting Sturridge and Origi together, and when Burnley went 1-0 up, you could be forgiven for thinking to rotate was a bad mistake. While some didn’t quite grasp their chance (Matip and Origi, in particular), others did. It was Naby Keita, in fact, who stole the show with a man of the match performance – a welcome and timely reminder of everything he can offer the team. Tom has always been a big Naby Keita fan. Here’s what he made of the performance: ‘Keita was magnificent tonight. He can play fast or slow, delicately or powerfully. He’s so easy on the eye & was a magnificent Joe Hart save away from a scorcher of an opening goal for Liverpool. He showed both sides of his game at Turf Moor – breezing past players for fun, with tight control & also nipping into tackles and winning the ball back. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, but I’m buzzing for the next time Naby turns out for these Reds.’ I have to say I agree. I’ve not always been Keita’s biggest fan since he arrived. I was so excited in the build-up to his arrival I have felt underwhelmed since. This is the first time since the first few games of the season that I’ve thought Keita can help push the Reds to new heights. He needs to add goals to his game (which looked likely last night) and I still feel he is a bit raw in certain areas, but the future is once more looking bright.