Naby Keïta

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Naby Keïta
RB Leipzig vs. FC Liefering (Testspiel 9. August 2016) 24.jpg
Keïta with RB Leipzig in 2016
Personal information
Full name Naby Laye Keïta[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Conakry, Guinea
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2012 Horoya
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 FC Istres 23 (4)
2014–2016 Red Bull Salzburg 59 (17)
2016–2018 RB Leipzig 58 (14)
2018– Liverpool 34 (3)
National team
2013– Guinea 35 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:53, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:37, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

Naby Laye Keïta (born 10 February 1995) is a Guinean professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Guinea national team.[4]

Keïta began his professional career with Ligue 2 club FC Istres in 2013, and a year later he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, where he won the Austrian Football Bundesliga and Austrian Cup double in both of his seasons. He then moved to RB Leipzig in 2016, making the Bundesliga team of the season in his first year and the UEFA Europa League squad of the season in his second. He agreed to join Liverpool in 2017, and completed the move a year later, winning the UEFA Champions League in his first season at the club.

Keïta made his senior international debut for Guinea in 2013. He has earned over 30 caps and was part of their squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2019.

Club career[edit]

FC Istres[edit]

Keïta joined hometown club Horoya AC aged nine.[5] He moved to France in 2012, joining the youth team of FC Istres after unsuccessful trials at FC Lorient and Le Mans FC.[5]

In 2013, he was promoted to the first team of Istres. He made his Ligue 2 debut on 22 November 2013 against Nîmes Olympique.[6] He scored 11 goals in 23 games in his first season as a professional, while his team were relegated to the Championnat National.[7]

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

Keïta playing for Red Bull Salzburg in 2016

In 2014, he joined Austrian top division side Red Bull Salzburg.[5] He made his league debut on 26 July 2014 against Wiener Neustadt.[8] Keïta ended the season with five goals and two assists in 30 games, winning the league and cup double. The following season, he was selected as the Austrian Bundesliga Player of the Year.

RB Leipzig[edit]

In June 2016, Keïta moved to Red Bull Salzburg sister-club RB Leipzig, who had just been promoted to the German Bundesliga.[5][9] He scored the winner on his league debut against Borussia Dortmund[10] and scored seven more goals in his debut Bundesliga season. He was named in the league's team of the season.[11]

Keïta was named in the squad of the season for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, in which his team were quarter-finalists.[12]

Liverpool[edit]

On 28 August 2017, a deal was struck for Keïta to join Liverpool on 1 July 2018 after the English club triggered his £48 million release clause in addition to paying an undisclosed premium.[13][14] There would be no premium (£48 million total) if Leipzig did not qualify for European football, £4.75 million (£52.75 million total) if they qualified for the Europa League and £11 million (£59 million total) if they finished in the Champions League spots.[15] Leipzig finished 6th in the Bundesliga, qualifying for the Europa League.

2018–19 season[edit]

Upon joining Liverpool he was handed the number 8 shirt by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard which had been vacated upon the departure of Gerrard to LA Galaxy in 2015.[16][17] Keïta made his debut for Liverpool against West Ham United on 12 August 2018 and played a part in the opening goal for Mohamed Salah in a 4–0 win.[18]

On 5 April 2019, Keïta scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 3–1 win against Southampton,[19] and added a first European goal four days later against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.[20] He was injured in May 2019, ruling him out for the rest of the season.[21] Although Keïta was injured, he won his first Liverpool title while out of the matchday squad as his team mates secured the win in the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in early June.[22]

2019–20 season[edit]

Keïta (front) playing for Liverpool in 2019

Hampered by injury[23][24],Keïta was a fringe player during the early part of the subsequent season.[25] On 7 December, he provided a goal and assist in a 3–0 win away against Bournemouth, a game which marked his first league start of the season.[26] On 10 December, he provided Liverpool's first goal in a 2–0 Champions League win against his former club, Salzburg, which saw the reigning European champions progress to the knockout stages as the victors of Group E.[27]

On 18 December, he scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win over Mexican club Monterrey as Liverpool progressed to the Club World Cup final[28]; three days later, on 21 December, he started in the final against Flamengo, playing 100 minutes until being substituted as Liverpool won 1–0 to be crowned world club champions.[29] On 2 January 2020, he was named in the starting lineup against Sheffield United, but was withdrawn after sustaining a groin injury during the warm-up, being replaced by James Milner. [30]

International career[edit]

On 28 July 2013, Keïta made his international debut for the Guinea national team against Mali in a 2014 African Nations Championship qualification match. He came on as a half-time substitute for Naby Laye Camara in the 1–0 home win.[31]

He was included in Michel Dussuyer's 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.[32] In the opening match against the Ivory Coast, he was struck in the face by Gervinho, who was sent off.[33]

On 12 November 2015, he scored his first international goal, the only one away to Namibia in the first leg of the second round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[34] Three days later in the return leg – in Morocco due to the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea – he scored again in a 2–0 win.[35]

Style of play[edit]

Keïta playing for Red Bull Salzburg in 2016

While writing for The Guardian, Nick Ames and Nick Miller described Keïta as "a dynamic, box-to-box central midfielder," likening him to N'Golo Kanté. They also noted, however, that he is able to distribute the ball with range and accuracy, and score goals, which has instead frequently led him to be compared to Brazilian-Portuguese former playmaker Deco.[36] David Usher of ESPN FC has described Keïta as an energetic midfielder, with good defensive qualities, which also allows him to play in a holding role if necessary. Usher went on to note that Keïta is "quick, skillful, creative and direct. He can dribble, pass and shoot, and he frequently makes the spectacular look routine".[37]

Legal issues[edit]

In autumn 2017, Keïta was charged with uttering false documents. The German newspaper Bild reported that, in early December 2016 and again six weeks later, he had presented two fake Guinean driver's licences in order to obtain a driving licence in Germany. The district court in Leipzig (Amtsgericht Leipzig) fined him €415,000, basing the sentence on Keïta's estimated annual income of around €3 million. Keïta's lawyer filed an appeal.[38] The appeals court reduced the fine to €250,000.[39]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 February 2020[3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Istres 2013–14 Ligue 2 23 4 0 0 23 4
FC Red Bull Salzburg 2014–15 A. Bundesliga 30 5 4 0 10[a] 1 44 6
2015–16 A. Bundesliga 29 12 5 2 3[b] 0 37 14
Total 59 17 9 2 13 1 0 0 81 20
RB Leipzig 2016–17 Bundesliga 31 8 1 0 32 8
2017–18 Bundesliga 27 6 2 1 10[c] 2 39 9
Total 58 14 3 1 10 2 0 0 71 17
Liverpool 2018–19 Premier League 25 2 1 0 1 0 6[d] 1 0 0 33 3
2019–20 Premier League 9 1 0 0 2 0 4[d] 1 3[e] 1 18 3
Total 34 3 1 0 3 0 10 2 3 1 51 6
Career total 174 38 13 3 3 0 33 5 3 1 226 47
  1. ^ Four appearances in the Champions League; six appearances and a goal in the Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League and one in the Europa League
  3. ^ Five appearances and two goals in the Champions League; five appearances in the Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ One appearance in FA Community Shield, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 14 November 2019[31]
Guinea
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 7 0
2015 11 2
2016 4 0
2017 5 3
2018 4 0
2019 3 1
Total 35 6

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Guinea's goal tally first.[31]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 November 2015 Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek, Namibia  Namibia 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 15 November 2015 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco 2–0 2–0
3. 10 June 2017 Stade Bouaké, Bouaké, Ivory Coast  Ivory Coast 3–2 3–2 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 31 August 2017 Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry, Guinea  Libya 1–0 3–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 7 October 2017  Tunisia 1–0 1–4
6. 14 November 2019 Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali  Mali 1–1 2–2 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Red Bull Salzburg[3]

Liverpool

Individual

References[edit]

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