Liverpool has already completed the future purchase of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, but for now, he continues to ply his trade in the Bundesliga, and today he gave his side a road lead they would not relinquish by blazing a howitzer into the back of the net.
With the game scoreless through an hour, and Keita already having completed six successful dribbles, the 22-year-old African latched onto a quick free-kick from Marcel Sabitzer and ripped a heat-seeker on net. The shot swerved away from Hamburg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia, stinging his hands, but ultimately finding its way to its initial target.
Keita finished the match with an 85% pass completion rating, the six completed dribbles, and a very solid WhoScored match rating of 8.84. The goal is Keita’s first of the league season, although he did also score in Leipzig’s 5-0 demolition of 6th tier club Dorfmerkingen in the DFB-Pokal.
The game would eventually feature a second impressive goal less than 10 minutes later as Timo Werner turned on the afterburners to take a Hamburg corner and streak down the other end of the field past two defenders and eventually finishing into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. That goal is notable as it’s Werner’s third goal of the Bundesliga season in just three matches, also with one in the DFB-Pokal.
Liverpool’s new $83 million man is known for his strength and on-ball technical ability in midfield, but today he showed an added bonus the Reds will receive for the premium price.