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Liverpool: Fans can’t agree whether Naby Keita deserves place in Reds’ strongest XI

Liverpool: Fans can’t agree whether Naby Keita deserves place in Reds’ strongest XI

Liverpool’s 4-1 win at Genk in the Champions League on Wednesday night was another sign that they’re not quite at their best yet. The four goals in the second half arguably masked what was a below-par performance for the Reds and 24-year-old Naby Keita was once again a talking point for fans.

Jurgen Klopp was critical of his own side’s display despite the comfortable scoreline in Belgium – though it was Keita’s individual showing that had Liverpool fans debating his worth to the team.

He’s not started a game in the Premier League this season, making just one sub appearance for eight minutes, but he was trusted to line-up against Genk. He had an impressive pass completion rate of 92.6% during his 91 minutes and was rated 7.61/10 by WhoScored for his performance, compared to his 6.74 rating across his 25 appearances in the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile, Keita had the most touches throughout the game with 140 – more than any player on either side – indicating his level of influence on proceedings.

When Liverpool news aggregator Anfield Watch asked if fans were happy with Keita via their Twitter account with a picture of the 24-year-old in action, the replies were mixed, to say the least. Some weren’t impressed and described him as slow, while others thought he deserved a start over club captain Jordan Henderson.

Here’s the reaction of some fans who loved Keita performance on Wednesday:

But some fans weren’t convinced that he’s ready to take a spot in Liverpool’s strongest 11:

Liverpool fans, how important do you think Naby Keita will be for your club this season?

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