It’s been a bumpy road for Naby Keïta this season, but there are signs that things are starting to come together for him at Anfield. He certainly seems to feel upbeat.
Speaking to SportBild (as translated by This Is Anfield), he struck a tone of excitement over this week’s big tie with Bayern Munich.
“Leipzig was my focus” said Keïta of his time in Germany, when he had been heavily linked with Bayern. “Of course it’s great when a club like FC Bayern [shows interest], but my way has shown that there are other good options in European football.
“I live my dream with Liverpool FC. It is a sensational team in which I am allowed to play.
On his ambitions at Anfield, he stated that he “moved to Liverpool to win the title.
“In the league championship we are in the title race, also in the Champions League I see our chance.
“We work hard to present the one or the other trophy to the fans at the end of the season.
“Jürgen Klopp is actually more active on the sidelines than some other managers. For us players, this is very motivating. He gives us extra energy on the pitch through his coaching.”
There is of course still the open question of whether Timo Werner could join Liverpool, and Keïta stated that the two of them “played together very well in Leipzig and he was one of my best friends. It’s clear: Should he change [teams], then I’ll ask Timo to come to us to Liverpool!”
It’s been something of a strange season for Keïta. He’s shown moments of great quality along with performances in which he’s struggled to really influence the game. One can’t help but wonder if some of the little injuries he’s picked up were bigger than we think, and he has not yet fully recovered.