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Naby Keita

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Mystic, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Mystic

    Mystic Moderator Moderator

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    Not to give him a bluebell esc kiss of death, but he's finally starting to show it isn't he? It's been an impressive month for him, he's started games back to back on merit, he's scoring goals, providing some beautiful through balls, link up play, running in behind, and generally starting to show how much of a baller he is as he glides past players in midfield (see Maddison and Tielemans last night).

    Until Fabinho is back, he's rightfully first choice in midfield alongside Hendo and Gini, but he's still got more to do. I still find he's a little clumsy and passive on the ball, he needs to be more authorative in his play, and I'd also like to see him getting more assists alongside his pleasing goal output, mainly so I can start calling him Naby Creator.

    Anyway, great month for those of us in camp Naby, long may his improvement continue.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I think he's been immense. Came in and looked every bit the 50 mill player we expected to get.
    Fabs isn't going to walk right into the team again, same goes for Matip. They're going to have to prove themselves.
     
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    Made up for him, he has looked great lately.

    Some of his through balls are delicious, if it wasn't for poor finishing from our forwards he'd have a few more assists.
     
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    Brizzle Very Well-Known Member

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    fab will walk into the team
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    you think so? after being out for a month? Henderson has played really well in DM.
     
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    Yep he's been great , hopefully he carries this along with fitness all the way through to the end of the season

    Starts in our strongest eleven as things stand
     
  7. keniget

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    Yup
     
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    Stevesquash SCM Follower Member

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    On one hand, fab has been fab and has been our best DM. on the other, we're keeping clean sheets which we didn't without him, and unquestionably have hit our best form without him. So what's the logic in him walking straight back in?
     
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    Frogfish Gone to Redcafe Member

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    Agree on Matip but Fabs will be given one bench game where he's subbed-on and then he'll start most matches thereafter. Our defence looks much more organised with him in the team. I would love to see Fabs + Hendo or Gini + Keita though. Still it's not easy to get into that midfield any more and that is exactly where we want to be all over the pitch.
     
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    I love Naby, Im his biggest supporter but even I have to admit that when Fabinho comes back Naby is back on the to roataion mode.  What NAby has to do now is play well enoigh to convince Klopp that Playing Naby, Fabinho and Henderson/Gini is a worthwhile starting setup.  Klopp usually goes for Gini, Hendo and Fabinho but now is the time for Naby to give Klopp a selection headache.  Id love to see Keita more often with fabinho as Keita would be free to do what he does best with Fabinho/Hendo/Gini taking care of the ugly stuff
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Don't get me wrong I love Fabs and I want him to start instantly when he returns. He's a better DM than Henderson but our midfield is doing great as is, would seem a bit unfair. It will definitely give Klopp a headache.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    I've always thought he was someone who needed to play deeper and really struggled when he was ahead of the ball.

    So that he's playing his best football in Fabinho's absence isn't a major surprise.

    I'm not convinced he won't return to irrelevance once Fabinho returns
     
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    Keita won't start every game even at his best when fab is fit.

    Horses for courses. Some games you'll want loads more defensive work rate & some games you'll want more penetration from the middle of the park.

    Against city for example, you wouldn't want to play Keita for more than half hour or so, cos we'd lose a lot of the midfield space & his running at players would be less effective (if he could start banging in some of the long range efforts we know he can that would offset some of that negative though).

    The fact he's looking better is boss, but imo he's only half as good as he could be, & is still adapting to playing the way he needs to for us.
     
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    That's of the assumption that he won't continue to play that slightly deeper role though, like Gini does alongside Fabs/Henderson.

    I think Klopp's idea is to have Fabinho and Keita as the engine room in midfield and then another more attacking player infront.
     
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    His close control in the middle of the park, and his ability to break the lines with skills is a really good attribute to have.

    There were a good few occasions where he was dinking in and out of their players giving the ball, which was boss to watch.
     
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    Hes in his best spell of form since joining us and you can see him growing in confidence. I still feel hes playing at about 80% of his true capability, but with Ox and Fabinho out for a couple of weeks he will get time to settle and play himself into contention long term. He needs to turn in consistent performances like last night and not just in 10 or 20 minute cameos but hes definitely heading in the right direction.
     
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    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    He’s had a great month long may it continue and hopefully he stays injury free.

    Fabs walks back in, the rest fight it out for the other two spots.
     
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    Yup and he better. Hate to see a player as valuable and vital to the team upset in any way shape or form.
     
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    When is he actually due back?
     
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    You’d think so. I’d like to see him back in ASAP as he’s ace. But, we’re not exactly leaking goals at the moment and just battered Leicester away without conceding and played the best 90mins we’ve played all season.
     

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