The virtual scouting has been underway for quite some time now with YouTube and perhaps even video games serving Liverpool fans as a method in which to find out what the club’s transfer targets are all about.
A four minute video often has the deceptive power to exhibit a player as a future world beater which is why Reds have good reason to approach compilations of Naby Keita’s best moments with caution.
At first glance, the Guinean admittedly looks a special talent and a midfielder equipped with the physical and technical attributes designed to make him a perfect fit for the Premier League.
There is a standout athleticism, energy and power that makes Jurgen Klopp’s strong interest in him self-explanatory, along with the added bonus that he has starred in a RB Leipzig side that finished second in the Bundesliga in their first season since being promoted.
Besides the traits that have seen him compared to Chelsea sensation N’Golo Kante, there is also an intriguing attacking notion to his game and a tendency to play far more advanced than reports surrounding him have let on. Not only does he pose as a potential defensive asset, but also someone capable of adding an explosive dimension to Liverpool’s midfield with bursting runs and the ability to increase the speed of the team’s all-important transition from defence to attack.
A record of eight goals and seven assists this season reiterate how his all-action style of play would make him an ideal candidate to bolster the spine of Klopp’s team. He is the type of midfield contributor becoming increasingly popular and in-demand in the modern game, which is why Liverpool have seemingly identified him as a priority target.
Such an impressive campaign has, however, also triggered Leipzig to step up their efforts to keep hold of the Guinean, with recent reports coming from Paul Joyce of the Times suggesting it will take bids of £50-£60million to simply force the club into reconsidering their stance.
This promises to test just how highly Liverpool rate him.
Here are his goals and assists from the 2016/2017 campaign…