Arsenal will be looking to end Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run this Saturday when Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to the Emirates.
The Reds are currently level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table and are fresh off a 4-1 win over Cardiff City.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were both on the scoresheet that day, but will not be the only two players Arsenal will have to look out for.
Should Naby Keita be fit enough to feature, he will undoubtedly provide a threat from the middle of the park, though Arsenal supporters will be confident that Lucas Torreira has what it takes to come out on top in any potential midfield battle.
With that in mind, how do the two midfielders compare?
Signed for £26m (via Sky Sports) from Sampdoria over the summer, Torreira has slowly been eased into the Arsenal side by Unai Emery.
The Spaniard had opted to go with a midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi in his opening games as manager of the north London club, but has since brought Torreira into the starting XI and to devastating effect.
For years now, the Gunners have lacked the presence of a solid defensive midfielder in front of their defence, but the capture of Torreira looks to have finally solved that problem.
The 22-year-old has been strong and robust in the appearances he has made for Arsenal so far, making aggressive tackles on the pitch and adding an overall bite to the midfield.
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In contrast to Torreira, Keita started off his career at his new club pretty quickly after making quite the impression in Liverpool’s first two Premier League victories against West Ham and Crystal Palace.
However, since then, Keita has been in and out of the team, which has interrupted his rhythm.
The 23-year-old, though, still looks to be a class signing and was terrific in his appearances versus West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Keita carried the ball extremely well, while the execution of his passes were nearly always accurate and perfectly weighted.
Once the Guinea international gets a good run in the team, there is no doubt he will be able to show why Liverpool decided to fork out £48m (via Sky Sports) on him.
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Quite clearly, Arsenal and Liverpool have both acquired two gifted midfielders in Torreira and Keita.
And if his performances with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga are anything to go by, most would expect Keita to show he is the better acquisition as the season progresses.
But as for now, given the way Torreira has helped transform an Arsenal midfield that has often come under heavy criticism down the years, the Uruguay international has been the more impactful addition and wins this battle, as a result.
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